FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Generation for Creation and Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County to Honor Coretta Scott King
At 3 pm on January 15, in celebration of Martin Luther King Day, participants in Generation for Creation, a year round not for profit creative arts program that teaches performing and visual arts to students ages 7-17, will come together to honor the late Dr. King's wife, Coretta Scott King, a talent and an inspiration in her own right.
A student at the New England Conservatory of Music, Mrs. King not only sang, but became accomplished at both the trumpet and violin. From the early fifties until her death January 30, 2006 , she encouraged use of the written word, through song, poetry and dramatic interpretation, to tell the Civil Rights story. With that in mind, Monica Sharee Johnson, Executive Director of Generation for Creation will direct this year's program produced by Generation for Creation at the Boys and Girls Club, felt that the "First Lady of Civil Rights" deserved to be honored.
More than twenty-five children, including, Sunshine Scott, Sterling Scott, Maya Alley, Tiffany Alley, Ammeri Thaxter, Isaiah Edwards, Jacobi Edwards, Alexia Croslin, Mary Grace Williams, Asia Watkins, Ricardo Watkins, Jordan McCullough, Briana Williams, Elizabeth Guerrero, Timirra Gaither, Jaalah Verge, Gayla Reed, Jaleah Goff, McKinsey Patterson, Kayla Jones, Rachel Mudd, Holly Cormier, Wesley Stiles, and David Brown, will perform a variety of poetry readings and skits. They have also selected a classic selection of spirituals and freedom songs-The Star Spangled Banner, Amazing Grace, O Happy Day, The Greatest Love of All, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Do Lord, We Shall Overcome, and Precious Lord-to present as a choir.
In keeping with the celebration, Generation for Creation and the Boys and Girls Club would like to encourage supporting Mrs. King and her love of written word by donating copies of Coretta Scott King Award winning children's books to Linebaugh Library, in honor of this performance. As denoted on the American Library Association's website, "The Coretta Scott King Book Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The Award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood." A list of Coretta Scott King Award winning books is available on the Linebaugh Library website: http://www.linebaugh.org (see "More Recommended Reading) and contributors are encouraged particularly to choose books not already in the library system, or available in large numbers. To donate, contact Katie Peachy (extension 110) or Laurel Best (extension 112) at the library: 893-4131.
For more information about the Martin Luther King Day Celebration, contact Generation for Creation at 890-7116 or Ginny Wright at the Rutherford County Boys and Girls Club at 893-5437. The three o'clock performance is free and open to the public.
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Monica Sharee Johnson