On October 15, 2017, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will host Lanny Kaufer and guitarist Roger House for the multimedia presentation “My Summer Working for Martin Luther King Jr.” and a celebration of National Multicultural Diversity Day.
Lanny will share the experiences he had in the Voting Rights Movement, including meeting and volunteering for Dr. King in the South. The presentation centers around a slideshow of approximately 200 slides, many of which have music embedded to represent the “soundtrack” of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.
Lanny also sings, raps, and plays guitar and harmonica to add more musical flavor to the program as he shares his personal accounts including working for Dr. King’s SCOPE Project in Virginia in 1965 and witnessing the incredible courage of the African-American people of the South who stood up for their rights, at great personal risk, after 300 years of oppression. For this special presentation, Lanny will be joined by Roger House, guitarist of the Jackie Lomax Band.
The presentation will include the history of Jonathan Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian and civil right activist who was murdered in August of 1965 while protecting the life of 17 year old Ruby Sales. They were both working in the Civil Rights Movement to integrate public places and register black voters after the passage of the Voter Rights Act that summer. Daniels’ death generated further support for the Civil Rights Movement. In 1991 Daniels was designated as a martyr in the Episcopal Church, and is recognized annually in its calendar. He is memorialized in the Civil Rights Movement and other venues.
For twenty-five years educators have celebrated National Multicultural Diversity Day (NMDD) on the third Monday in October. Created by Cleorah Scruggs, a fourth-grade teacher in Flint, Michigan, the day was adopted by the NEA as a national event to “increase awareness of the tremendous need to celebrate our diversity collectively. Diversity means freedom and justice for all of us, not just some of us.”
The show begins at 4pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Bristol Road and Ojai Ave., Ojai. Following the presentation, a “soul food” dinner of BBQ chicken wings, greens, black-eyed peas, cornbread and sweet potato pie will be held starting at 6pm.
Tickets may be purchased at the church office during their normal business hours, Tues, Wed, Fri, 9am – 3pm online through the church’s website: standrewsojai.ladiocese.org
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