Whittier College's Martin Luther King Day Celebration to Feature "The Voice of Dr. King"


January 15, 2016

Gerald Rivers, Martin Luther King Celebration, Whittier CollegeWhittier College will commemorate the legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King with Gerald C. Rivers’ one-man show What Do You Dream Of, a show that highlights various speeches from Dr. King. The Martin Luther King Celebration will take place at Club 88, 7214 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA, Whittier College, on Monday, January 18 at 6 p.m.  The event is open to the public and the Whittier community is encouraged to attend the celebration. The event will include an open mic portion providing guests the opportunity to pay tribute to Dr. King.

Rivers is a three-time national gold medalist in dramatic interpretation and will be reenacting various parts of Dr. King’s life. For more than 30 years, he has been reminding audiences of Dr. King’s words through his performances.

In February, as part of Whittier’s Black History Month programming, the College will present Jeff Stetson’s play, The Meeting, on Wednesday, February 10 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for The Meeting are available for $10 at the Shannon Center’s website.

The performance depicts a fictional meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.  and its goal is to bring awareness to the civil rights movement and demonstrate the importance of these figures and how they changed the world. At the end of the show the audience will have a chance to meet and talk with the actors.

The Martin Luther King Celebration and The Meeting are sponsored and organized by the Whittier College Black Student Union and Associated Students of Whittier College (ASWC) Senate.