MLK Celebration Set

MLK Celebration Set Camden County College will honor the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad at noon on Friday, Jan. 19, 2007.

“The Underground Railroad: A Living History Experience” will mark King’s birthday while celebrating the network of abolitionists that transported slaves from South to North and from bondage to freedom. The presentation will convey what it was like to journey hundreds of miles through rough terrain while evading professional slave catchers, hunting dogs and legal and physical punishment.

The event will feature dramatizations of Harriet Tubman and William Still, two key African-American figures in the anti-slavery movement. Known as the “black Joan of Arc,” Tubman was born a slave in Maryland but escaped to freedom and then guided more than 300 others out of slavery. Still was a businessman who had been born a free black man in New Jersey and went on to become a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad and the author of a book documenting the subject.

Philadelphia actress, singer and playwright Millicent Sparks will portray Tubman, and audience members will be able to ask questions of her in character. Also part of the program will be freedom songs and traditional spirituals.

“The Underground Railroad: A Living History Experience” will take place in Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre. The venue is located inside Lincoln Hall on Camden County College’s Blackwood Campus.

Admission is free. Members of the public are invited to attend, and large groups will be accommodated.

To schedule group attendance or for further details, contact the CCC Office of Student Life and Activities by telephone at (856) 374-5088, or via e-mail at jtenuto@camdencc.edu.

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Author: Press Release-CCC

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