Martin Luther King Jr. Day program
A free, public program at the University of Louisville will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a discussion about following King’s example in serving mankind, special recognition for the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, a theater performance and music.
The Jan. 16 event will begin at 1 p.m. in The Playhouse, located on Cardinal Boulevard between Second and Third streets. The program will feature: a keynote address by playwright-director Talvin Wilks, who recently directed the Washington, D.C., production of “Anne & Emmett,” a play about an imagined conversation between the youths Anne Frank and Emmett Till; presentation of the Thomas C. Smith Service Award by UofL Vice President for Business Affairs Larry Owsley to the Louisville Free Public Library’s Western Branch, the first U.S. public library for and staffed by African Americans; Longtime UofL staff member Jim Runyon, who died last year, also will be honored posthumously; a “Knowledge is Power” performance by UofL’s African American Theatre Program; and music by the Black Diamond Choir.
The program is sponsored by the Office of Business Affairs and the African American Theatre Program, a part of the university's theatre arts department. Parking is free in lots adjacent to the School of Music and College of Business.
UofL offices are closed Jan. 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.