Daylong King celebration is scheduled

January 11, 2004

In honor of Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 19, the Carroll County Arts Council will offer a daylong celebration of education and enlightenment.

Activities will begin with a free movie, Our Friend, Martin, at 10:30 a.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. This CBS/Fox video blends historical footage of King with animation to tell the story of the civil rights leader who challenged Americans to turn his dream of freedom into reality.

The movie is suitable for age 8 and older, as well as educators, clergy, Scout leaders or others interested in fostering dialogues about King's mission and how to live by his principles. It features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, James Earl Jones and Oprah Winfrey.

The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session led by Pamela Zappardino and Charles Collyer of the Ira and Mary Zepp Center for Nonviolence & Peace Education.

The Community Foundation of Carroll County will sponsor two free workshops from noon to 2 p.m. Karen Nelson will teach quilting with fiber for children age 12 and older. Participants will learn about quilt-making and make their own patch. Children must have previous hand-sewing experience.

Potter Herb Massie will lead a mask-making workshop for children age 7 and older. The Arts Council will have the pieces fired for participants to pick up next month.

Reservations are required for both workshops, and space is limited. Parent/child teams are welcome.

A reception for the exhibition, Celebration of the Spirit: A Showcase of African-American Art, will be held at 1:30 p.m. with discussions and exhibition tours.

The show features 10 regional artists who work in a variety of media and styles.

The day will end with a performance at 2:30 p.m. by Sankofa Dance Theater celebrating the African spirit through drums, dance and costumes.

Tickets to Sankofa are $10 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and children age 12 and younger. Arts Council members receive a $1 discount.

Reservations and information: 410-848-7272.

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