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MLK ‘Dream Big’ Community Celebration held at Booker High

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MLK Keep the Dream Alive

SARASOTA, Jan. 10, 2018 – As part of the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. observance honoring the life and work of the civil rights leader, Booker High School will present “Dream Big: Civil Rights and Social Justice” from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the school’s Visual and Performing Arts Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

The program, an evening of oratory, investigation, and the arts, is sponsored by the Booker High School Law Academy, Sarasota County Schools, the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Committee and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.

Included in the evening will be an interpretive dance performance by the Booker High School VPA Dance Department. Melissa Lodhi, Courtney Smith and their students have created a new piece for the event, interpreting themes of discrimination, acceptance and overcoming adversity.

Guest keynote speaker Brook Bello, an author, filmmaker and civil rights activist, will share her “Keeping the Dream Alive” remarks at the event.

To conclude the program, winners of the Sarasota County Schools MLK Essay Contest will be announced. The first prize is $1,000 ($500 to student, $500 to school); the second prize is $250; the third prize is $100. The overall winner will present his or her essay to the audience. Prizes for the essay contest were generously provided by the SCBA Diversity Committee and ASALH.

Booker High School and the VPA Theatre are located at 3201 North Orange Ave., Sarasota. 

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