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Posted Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 - 10:42 am

King celebration to be held at main library in Greenville

Diversity Productions will present Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2003, at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 in the meeting room of the Greenville County Library System-Hughes Library, 25 Heritage Green Place. The theme of the event is "World Peace Please!"

The program will be an interfaith multicultural celebration consisting of music and prayers from several cultures and religions. The keynote speaker and host for the program will be Dr. Lycurgus Muldrow Ph.D, director of The Institute for Divine Wisdom of Atlanta, Ga.

The program will include:

Giovanni Vasquez and Deacon Diego Ferro from St. Mary's Catholic Church will represent the Hispanic community. Vasquez will sing spiritual songs in Spanish and Diego will say the prayer.

Anna Owenby and Roger Thompson will represent the Jewish community. Owenby is a cellist and Thompson will recite the prayer.

Bilal Sunni-Ali, saxophonist, will represent the Muslim community with songs and a prayer.

Representing the Bahai community will be Hearts Desire and members of the Bahai Youth Group. Hearts Desire will perform spirited songs and a prayer and the Bahai Youth Group will recite portions of a speech by Dr. King.

The Greenville Unitarian Universalist Choir under the direction of Richard Nelson will perform.

Several performers from the African-American community including Sister Sunshine from the group Melanin Magic and a gospel choir.

The event is funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council and several members of the Greenville local business community. Diversity Productions is a tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to promoting cultural understanding.

©Copyright 2003, Tribune-Times (Greenville, SC, USA)

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