UNCW Celebrates MLK with Portrait of a Dreamer

Monday, January 14, 2013

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington will celebrate the dreams, teachings and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. during its annual MLK celebration at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 in Kenan Auditorium.

The UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center, in partnership with the Wilmington Arts Council, the Wilmington Commission on African American History, Wilmington Journal, MLK Jr Celebration of Southeastern NC and the New Hanover County NAACP, announce "Portrait of a Dreamer," a multimedia production with music performed by the Williston Alumni Community Choir and original music by Nkeiru Okoye, Steve Errante and the UNCW String Ensemble.

"Portrait of a Dreamer" is a work of theater conceived by actor and Upperman artist in residence Ron Dortch. Under the direction of Theresa Davis, associate professor of cross cultural performance at the University of Virginia, with collaboration by lauded composer Okoye, the evening will bring Dortch's powerful portrayal of King to life.

"Many talented community members have collaborated to make 'Portrait of a Dreamer' an important and unique experience for Wilmington and beyond," said Todd McFadden, director, Upperman African American Cultural Center.

Admission to the event is free, but tickets are required and available now at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office (910.962.3500).

Media Contact: Caroline Cropp, University Relations, 910.962.7109