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Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown performs during the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at Mead Chapel January 18.

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J-term Scenes: MLK Today

January 19, 2016

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the campus community gathered in Mead Chapel on Monday, January 18, for an evening of music, oratory, and dance. Organized by the department of music and Oratory Now, the student oration society, “MLK Today: A Call for Justice in Speech, Song, and Dance” featured the return of Keith McCutchen, director of the Hayes School of Music Gospel Choir and Jazz Vocal Ensemble, who conducted a community choir of students and community members, and led a jazz combo. 

Several members of Oratory Now spoke during the concert, including Claudia Huerta ’18, who read from an interview with bell hooks [lowercase intentional] entitled “Buddhism, the Beats and Loving Blackness”; Alexis de la Rosa ’19 from “I, Racist,” a sermon by John Metta; Charles Rainey ’19 from “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates; and Manny Duran ’19 from a blog post by Shaun King.

This year was the 18th annual performance in honor of King. In addition to McCutchen's conducting, Professor Jeffrey Buettner was musical producer and Professor Dana Yeaton directed.

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