Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. will host two events to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with celebrations featuring music and vocal performances from national acts and university students.
The 26th Annual Community Martin Luther King Day celebration, presented by the Peace Center, will take place Sunday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The event will feature actress/poet Lois Moses and vocalist Henrietta Morgan.
And, on Monday, January 16 at 9:00 a.m., Wilkes University’s Office of Student Affiairs will host a celebration at the same venue, beginning with freshman Shirlia Bonney performing the black national anthem. Performances by poet Lois Moses and vocalist Henrietta Morgan will follow. The event will also include a musical selection from the Wilkes University chorus and a student reading. The university will operate on a compressed schedule on this day to allow for all to attend.
Morgan attended the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. A noted recitalist in the Washington, D.C. area, she performed at the Children’s Opera Theater, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the District of Columbia Youth Chorale, as well as many other venues. For three consecutive summers, she concertized in England with the Lady Chapel Singers as a soloist.
Moses was an acting instructor, playwright and director at Philadelphia’s Freedom Theater. She has toured and performed extensively throughout the United States with Kuntu Repertory Theater in Pittsburgh and National Black Author’s Tour in Philadelphia, including an off-Broadway run of Lady of Fadima. Also a poet, Moses has several self-published poetry anthologies. Artistic and academic, Moses has a master’s in fine arts from UCLA, a law degree from Temple School of Law and a master’s in clinical psychology.
Both events are free and open to the public. For more information on this event, call the Wilkes University Student Affairs Office at 570-408-5000.