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Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. Program presents a Concert with Ms. Bettie Mae Fikes

CLA Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. Program presents a Concert with Ms....

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Speaking Truth to Power - Reconciliation and Healing Series 

Presents Ms. Bettie Mae Fikes - "Touching Hearts While Healing Mine: Storytelling and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement" 

Featuring: The Wayman A.M.E. Church Men's Profit of Praise, Minneapolis, MN - Batume Gingery, Black Panther Chicago 1969 & Jazz Drummer,  & Pierre Lewis, Keyboardist Commodores

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Doors Open at 5:30 PM, Tickets required

University of Minnesota

Coffman Theater - Coffman Memorial Union 

Parking - East River Road Garage, $10

Gospel and Blues singer, Ms. Bettie Mae Fikes , known as the "Voice of Selma" was born in Selma, Ala. and is a descendant of a long line of country gospel singers and preachers.  Ms. Fikes began singing alongside her mother at age 4 and at age 16, she became a student leader for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the Civil Rights Movement and was a founding member of the Freedom Singers that traveled with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Freedom Rights Struggle. Bettie was just a teenager when she started, she was jailed for several weeks for protesting during the voting rights struggle but continued using her powerful voice to stand against injustice. Her program will highlight her journey, invite the audience into the songs of the civil rights movement, and provide a loving reminder that, at any age we have the power to create change, to inspire others to join us, and to use our talents to truly impact the course of history. 

Bettie has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, and numerous Blues Festivals, as well as performing for the ’64 Democratic National Convention and the ’04 Democratic National Convention (where she was introduced by Maya Angelou). She has performed with Joe Turner, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert King, James Brown, Bob Dylan, and Mavis Staples among others. Bettie is also a dynamic lecturer, having delivered moving speeches about diversity and civil rights at universities throughout the United States and Canada.

Co-Sponsors: CLA UGE, CLA MLK & PES, African American and African Studies, Office for Undergraduate Education - Student Success, CEHD, CFANS, TRIO Student Support Services, Multicultural Student Engagement, MCAE, & CSOM -  Undergraduate Diversity Initiatives

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Coffman Memorial Union Theater
300 Washington Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

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CLA Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program

The MLK Program has a 50-year history of providing University of Minnesota students with individualized, holistic, and culturally-competent advising in support of educational equity, academic excellence, career development, and wellness. 

Our MLK Program mission includes providing educational programming that fosters students' engagement with and understanding of the complex issues of power, privilege, and social justice. We promote and support students' exploration of modes of advocacy and activism that enhance their capacity to imagine a more equitable and just world and to be a part of creating it. In so doing, the MLK Program supports the University’s mission to prepare students to be ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

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