UNC School of the Arts will commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21 with a performance of “I Can’t Stand the Color of the Rain,” a one-act musical written by Devinron Ready of Kernersville and Marcese Roberts of Greenville, S.C., both of whom are third-year students in the School of Drama.
The play deals with a wedding in a non-denominational North Carolina church on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Ready and Roberts are co-directing. Ready also appears in the play. A collaboration among UNCSA students in the School of Drama, the School of Dance, the School of Design and Production and the School of Music, the show begins at 2 p.m. in Catawba Theatre of Performance Place. It is free and open to the public.
Other local universities are also hosting King tributes. Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University are again collaborating programs celebrating Dr. King.
On Jan. 22, American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte will speak at 7 p.m. in K.R. Williams Auditorium at Winston-Salem State University. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition, On Jan. 19, Wake Forest will host the 15th Annual MLK Jr. Basketball Tournament in the Reynolds Gym from noon to 8 p.m. This tournament brings together teams from a variety of North Carolina schools including: Winston-Salem State, UNC-Greensboro, NC A&T, Johnson C. Smith, North Carolina Central and UNC-Charlotte.
On Jan. 20, Wake Forest will host the eighth Annual GospelFest at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. This year, the Office of Multicultural Affairs is proud to host six-time Stellar Award-winner and Grammy Award-nominated recording artist VaShawn Mitchell. Tickets are free for Wake Forest students with a valid ID and $5 for general admission.
For more information on the basketball tournament or GospelFest, contact the Wake Forest Office of Multicultural Affairs at 336-758-5864.