Presentation to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Binghamton University will host a presentation titled, “Realizing the Dream! One Community at a Time,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 20, in Watters Theater on campus.
“Realizing the Dream! One Community at a Time” is a nationally acclaimed stage presentation created by and featuring the American husband and wife artistic team of the Nanas Morrow: Nana Kwasi Scott Douglas Morrow, traditional chief, and Nanahemaa Brenda Berg-Morrow, queen mother, of Sekyere Kwamang Traditional area, Asante Nation, Ghana, West Africa. The Nanas Morrow were given the honorary titles by the Royal Family of Skeyere Kwamang in 1997.
Having dedicated their lives to realizing Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of the beloved community, the Nanas Morrow presentation uses the performing arts to break barriers, build bridges and create community between people of different cultures and races.
“Realizing the Dream! One Community at a Time” includes portions of the Nanas Morrow documentary “Of One Blood: Returning Home to Africa,” which chronicles Brenda Berg-Morrow’s royal performance and the historic ceremony installing the Morrows into the ancient tradition of Asante chieftancy. The documentary has won multiple awards including the Best Documentary award at the 1999 Black International Cinema Festival.
“Realizing the Dream” also includes a performance of an elegant Asante ceremonial dance performed by Berg-Morrow. The presentation concludes with a benediction by Nanas Morrow offering the audience peace and blessings, and utilizing dance movement from various traditional cultures of the Africa diaspora as well as the spoken word.
Tickets, $2 for the general public and free for students, can be purchased or reserved in advance by calling the Binghamton University Multicultural Resource Center at 607-777-4472. They can also be purchased at the door.
“Realizing the Dream! One Community at a Time” is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center and the Binghamton University Convocations Committee. The presentation is made possible in part by the Josephine and Randolph Stewart African Heritage Fund. For more information, contact the center at 607-777-4472.