The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is introducing a series of two events held in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory on the MSU Moorhead campus.

On Thursday Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Auditorium, Bettie Mae Fikes will present a powerful vocal performance. Fikes, a jazz and blues singer and Long Walk to Free Award Recipient, is revered as a powerful storyteller whose small stature contradicts a voice known to vibrate a room until the walls beg for mercy. Fikes has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival and the Library of Congress.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 12 p.m. also in Weld Auditorium, the famed Twin Cities theatre group, the Mixed Blood Theatre, will present their critically acclaimed piece, Daughters of Africa, which is a music-driven history of African American women from slave ship survivors to stars of the silver screen. The forty-five minute performance vividly commemorates both the famous and the overlooked and is an eye-opening celebration of the triumph of pride, determination, and courage.

We look forward to your support’s attendance. It is not often that such musical and emotional magnitude graces MSU Moorhead and lights Fargo-Moorhead with authentic perspectives of the cultural and historical shifts of our times. With Bettie Mae Fikes and Daughters of Africa theatre performance combined, the 2012 MSU Moorhead MLK Celebration promises to be the best in years.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly at 218.477.2652 or email us at diversity@mnstate.edu.