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Colby College in Waterville will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
Day with a weeklong schedule of gospel and drumming concerts, lectures
and films. All events are open to the public and free of charge.

Monday, January 19

  • At 4:30 p.m. a Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
    will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union. Gospel recording
    artists the Holmes Family will perform. Guest speakers include Marilyn
    Pukkila, an ordained priestess, and several Colby and Waterville
    community members. (207-872-3104)

  • At 7 p.m. master drummer Jordan Benissan, an applied music
    associate in Colby’s Department of Music, and his band Sankofa will
    perform a concert of West African traditional drumming and highlife music in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center. (207-872-3279)

  • At 7:30 p.m. part one of two of The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
    will be shown in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center. The film won
    the 2003 Peabody Award and looks at race relations in America between
    the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Part two of The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow will be shown Tuesday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m. (207-872-3133)

    Tuesday, January 20

  • At 3 p.m. Rev. Karen Holmes will present “Ethiopian Skin–Ethnicity, Sex and Gender in the Bible” in the Pugh Center of Cotter Union. (207-872-3104)

  • At 7:30 p.m. part two of two of The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
    will be shown in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center. The film won
    the 2003 Peabody Award and looks at race relations in America between
    the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.

    Wednesday, January 21

  • At 3 p.m. Kimberly and Kari Holmes will present “They Change the World Everyday
    in the Pugh Center of Cotter Union. Their presentation will focus on
    local and national change by multicultural groups of students, youths
    and young adults. (207-872-3104)

  • At 7:30 p.m. From Swastikas to Jim Crow, a PBS documentary on Black-Jewish relations, will be shown in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center. (207-872-3133)

    Thursday, January 22

  • At 3 p.m. singer-songwriter Ian Holmes will present part one of the two-part choir workshop “Voices United
    in the Pugh Center of Cotter Union. The workshops are open to all
    interested community members; no experience is necessary. Participants
    will perform in a concert on January 23. (207-872-3104)

  • At 7:30 p.m. filmmaker Nancy Kates will present the lecture “The Making of Brother Outsider: The Untold True Story of Bayard Rustin” in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center. Kates made the documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,
    about civil rights leader Rustin, who was responsible for connecting
    the Montgomery Bus Boycott to other nonviolent movements and was the
    coordinator for the 1963 March on Washington. His contributions often
    are obscured by the homophobia and red-baiting that surrounded his
    life. A film viewing will follow. (207-872-3133)

    Friday, January 23

  • At 3 p.m. singer-songwriter Ian Holmes will present part two of the two-part choir workshop “Voices United
    in the Pugh Center of Cotter Union. The workshops are open to all
    interested community members; no experience is necessary. Participants
    will perform in a concert on January 23. (207-872-3104)

  • At 7 p.m. the Holmes Family and Colby and Waterville community members will perform in the gospel concert “Voices United
    in the Pugh Center of Cotter Union. The program will include original
    music intertwined with African rhythms, Negro spirituals, music of the
    civil rights movement and contemporary urban styles. (207-872-3104)