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February 24, 2014

Library hosts movie, music for Black History Month

CORBIN — Published Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

Monday and Tuesday will see celebrations of Black History Month at the Laurel County Public Library with Monday's performance of Berea College's Black Music Ensemble and Tuesday's showing of the film "Roads to Memphis."

The Berea College Black Music Ensemble will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday. The group will perform spiritual songs, gospel music, West African songs, anthems, and other sacred music, as well as some contemporary songs — all by African American composers or in the African American tradition.

"We're very excited to come to Laurel County," Assistant Director David Wallace said.

The ensemble has around 70-75 members and is a mix of mainly Berea students with a few community members, according to Wallace.

"It's fun," Wallace said. "I love the people in Laurel County. The people are very energetic."

Wallace said that many people love the gospel themes of the show, and it has something for everyone. He noted the audience responded to the uplifting nature of the songs, which he said are meant to be inspirational.

"We're just excited to be there," Wallace said.

Tuesday will see the screening of the PBS film "Roads to Memphis" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The film tells the stories of assassin James Earl Ray and his target, Martin Luther King Jr. and explores the aspects of American society that led these two men to cross paths with deadly results in April 1968.

According to Assistant Professor of English at the Somerset Community College London campus Rob Spencer, there will be a panel discussion of people from Somerset Community College following the movie. In this discussion, the panelists will spend about two minutes expanding on certain parts of the film they found interesting and will encourage audience discussion.

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