Ivy Tech Northeast to host a tribute for Martin Luther King, Jr. for College, community

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will host Interpreting the Dream, a Martin Luther King, Jr., tribute, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Student Life Center gymnasium on North Campus (3701 Dean Drive).

This is the 11th year the college has held the event to share King’s message of unity, love, peace, and hope, said Diana Jackson, assistant director of Diversity Affairs.

“Although he is best known as an icon of the civil rights movement, Dr. King spoke about society as a better place,” Jackson said. “As an educational institution, we should all be committed to being relevant agents of change, aspiring to be kind and good, and making a difference to mankind as he did.”

The event—which is open to students, faculty, and the general public—will feature James Williams as the keynote speaker. Williams is a local life coach and speaks on mental health awareness.

The event will also feature:

  • Voices of Inspiration, from Pilgrim Baptist Church
  • Poetry by Teresa Vazquez Hall, the chair of Ivy Tech Northeast’s Humanities program
  • Dance by Sam Julius, an instructor at American Style Ballroom
  • And more

James Williams is a contract employee for Crime Victim Care of Fort Wayne, a volunteer multicultural specialist for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and a facilitator for the Mental Health Workshop of the Multicultural Council of Greater Fort Wayne. He has worked professionally with entertainers including Al Green, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Chicago, and James Brown. He also served as manager and producer for Cynda Williams, a professional actor/singer and Williams’ niece. Currently, he has done work in the theater, serving as director, actor, and singer in productions around the world, including being voted best male actor in an Irish international amateur theater competition.

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