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Rock Island’s Augustana College Hosting Movie And Discussion On Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16th, 2022
Rock Island's Augustana College Hosting Movie And Discussion On Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of the upcoming Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day Augustana College is hosting a panel discussion and movie, “College Behind Bars” .  It’s a four hour film directed by PBS’ Ken Burns & Lynn Novick and is available on Netflix.  The events on January 17th will highlight and explain how college in prison programs are part of the “dream of the beloved community” through the inspiring voices of formerly incarcerated students. The featured panelists will include men featured in the PBS documentary, members of the Bard Prison Initiative and the Augustana Prison Education... Read More

Western Illinois University to Host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service

January 16th, 2022
Western Illinois University to Host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service

Western Illinois University will commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service Monday, Jan. 17-Saturday, Jan. 22. Events scheduled as part of this year’s celebration include: • Wednesday, Jan. 19: 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room – – “Building the Beloved Community: Argrow’s House of Healing and Hope – Keynote speaker Dr. Kit Ford. – “Building the Beloved Community Workshop: Leading Between the Lines: Coalition Building in Race, Politics and Poverty – Workshop facilitator the Rev. Dwight Ford. • Friday, Jan 21: noon-5... Read More

Mockingbird On Main’s Critically-Acclaimed ‘Mountaintop’ Continues This Weekend

August 5th, 2021
Mockingbird On Main's Critically-Acclaimed 'Mountaintop' Continues This Weekend

Downtown Davenport’s The Mockingbird On Main will continue their critically-acclaimed inaugural production – Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop” tonight through August 7. What happened inside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the night before the assassination of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, JR. is a mystery. In “The Mountaintop,” Hall imagines what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential motel maid. Hours after King’s famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line “I’ve been to... Read More

REVIEW: New Davenport Mockingbird Theater Scales Thrilling Mountain in Debut

July 30th, 2021
REVIEW: New Davenport Mockingbird Theater Scales Thrilling Mountain in Debut

One of the absolute thrilling joys of theater is not only how it brings fictional characters to life, but illuminates the intimately human struggles and triumphs of well-known, real-life icons. The Quad-Cities premiere of “The Mountaintop” – an emotional, haunting reimagining of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night on earth – is an extraordinary example. The 90-minute, two-person Katori Hall play debuted Thursday night at the new Mockingbird on Main, a beautiful, 40-seat cabaret at 320 N. Main St., Davenport, created by Tristan Tapscott and Savannah Bay Strandin. The mood before... Read More

Davenport’s Mockingbird Debuts With Critically-Acclaimed Martin Luther King Jr. Story, ‘The Mountaintop’

July 28th, 2021
Davenport's Mockingbird Debuts With Critically-Acclaimed Martin Luther King Jr. Story, 'The Mountaintop'

Downtown Davenport’s The Mockingbird On Main will present their inaugural production – Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop” July 29 through August 7. What happened inside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the night before the assassination of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, JR. is a mystery. In “The Mountaintop,” Hall imagines what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential motel maid. Hours after King’s famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line “I’ve been to the mountaintop,”... Read More

It’s Time To Start Romanticizing Rebels Who Actually Have A Cause

July 16th, 2021
It's Time To Start Romanticizing Rebels Who Actually Have A Cause

I was channel surfing the other day and landed on what could’ve been any number of films, TV shows or commercials shilling anything from chips to antidepressants. I couldn’t tell what it was because I only lingered for a few moments and the only image I saw was so banal as to be useless — and ironically, it was meant to be anything but. It was the image of a guy in a leather jacket, wearing dark sunglasses, riding a motorcycle and smoking a cigarette, as some sort of variation of “Bad to the Bone” played in the background. It was probably a commercial for bunion ointment. Or... Read More

March for Equality, Justice Continues at Annual MLK Service in Rock Island

January 18th, 2021
March for Equality, Justice Continues at Annual MLK Service in Rock Island

In a bitter, divisive time – just two days before inauguration of the 46th U.S. President – the 38th-annual memorial service honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday held special resonance. Livestreamed on YouTube from Rock Island’s Martin Luther King,. Jr. Community Center, the nearly hour-long service spoke to the ideals of the late civil-rights leader (who was assassinated in 1968) and how far the nation still has to go to achieve his dream of peace, unity and justice. MLK Center executive director Jerry Jones noted at the outset that theme of the service was King’s quote,... Read More

New MLK Hawaii Doc to be Previewed on Martin Luther King Day

January 14th, 2021
New MLK Hawaii Doc to be Previewed on Martin Luther King Day

In September 1959, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visited Hawaii – shortly after it formally became the 50th state in the Union, and spoke to its leaders. That little-known trip is the subject of a planned documentary and a Facebook Live discussion with its filmmakers on Monday, Martin Luther King Day. The Quad-Cities based Azubuike African American Council for the Arts is hosting the free event Jan. 18 at 6 p.m., where Azubuike executive director (and Rock Island native) Jonathan Burnett will interview his father, Academy Award-winner Charles Burnett, director of the new MLK documentary,... Read More