Ozarks to honor King

Release Date: 1/6/2003

Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, Jan. 17, with the presentation of Phillip E. Walker's one-man play, "Can I Speak For You Brother?"

The production, which is a part of the U of O Student Life Spring Lecture Series, begins at 7 p.m. in the Walton Fine Arts Center. The public is invited and there is no charge for admission.

"Can I Speak For You Brother?", which is produced by the African American Drama Company, combines dance, drama, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, letters, speeches and song to depict a chronology of African-American leaders. The show highlights such leaders as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Frederick Douglass, High John, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Walker, who holds advanced degrees in acting from the University of Illinois-Urbana and the University of California-Davis, has graced the stages of the Kuumba Theatre of Chicago, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Missouri Summer Repertory Theatre. He also has more than a decade of college teaching experience, including stints at Santa Clara University and San Jose State University.

The performance is one of several events planned by the university on Jan. 17 to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be lecture that morning by Walker as well as an afternoon workshop on multi-culture sensitivity. The university will be closed on Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.