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FSU to Celebrate Martin Luther King with Speaker, Hip-Hop Demonstration

The Frostburg State University community will celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King with two events on Monday, April 23. Both events are free and open to the public.

At 11 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall will be the annual convocation in honor of the civil rights pioneer. The featured speaker will be Bruce Jacobs, a Baltimore writer and author of "Speaking Through the Skin," a poetry collection, and "Race Manners," an honest "guidebook" to "the minefield between black and white Americans." A Harvard graduate with professional background in journalism and in advertising, Jacobs speaks and writes with candor about the impediments to healthy racial relations in America and about how to overcome those obstacles.

The convocation will also feature FSU students performing chorale and gospel music.

At 7 p.m. that evening, also in Pealer Hall, an enlightening demonstration of "Hip-Hop: a Cultural Expression" will be presented by a team of artist/lecturers from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, part of Cleveland State University's Black Studies Program. The demonstration will include expertly performed examples of "DJ" rap music, break dancing, graffiti art and slam poetry, followed by a panel discussion of the origins and characteristics of the culture, and an open session with the audience. The performer/panelists will emphasize linkages between the civil rights movement and hip-hop as a liberating culture.

For more information on the Martin Luther King celebration, call (301) 687-4141.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589