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Image: Judy Richardson
Judy Richardson

Western Carolina University 's Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series resumes for the spring semester with a pair of January events centered on the Civil Rights Movement.

Judy Richardson, a civil rights leader and co-producer of the films “Eyes on the Prize” and “Malcolm X: Make It Plain,” will deliver a speech Thursday, Jan. 19, and a New York-based drama troupe will perform the play “My Soul Is A Witness” on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Richardson will connect stories from the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement to the continuing struggle for racial equality and harmony. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

“I am not only excited to have Judy Richardson as the Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series opening event for the semester, but also excited to have this as a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration,” said James Contratto, assistant director for University Center programs.

Richardson's presentation follows a 4 p.m. panel discussion of “The Civil Rights Movement: Where It's Been and Where It's Going” and showing of the film “King: From Montgomery to Memphis.” The 1970 Academy Award-nominated documentary, edited by Western Professor Jack Sholder, traces King's life from the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott to his murder in Memphis in 1968.

The second event of the series this year features a play with vivid re-enactments such as tragic assassinations and explosive debates over nonviolent protests. A drama troupe from the JENA Company will perform “My Soul Is A Witness” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Western's Fine and Performing Arts Center.  Admission is $7 for the general public, $5 for Western faculty and staff and $3 for Western students.

The Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series presents visiting performers, speakers, and projects to provide quality and challenging entertainment, Contratto said. For more information, call Contratto at (828) 227-3751.

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