|February 15, 2005
Joe Rogers, former lieutenant governor of Colorado, will perform "Dream Alive" a dramatic one-man tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King, at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 26, in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. A concert by the Umoja Gospel Choir will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m., immediately prior to Rogers' performance. The event is free and open to the public.
Now an attorney in private practice, Rogers served as lieutenant governor of Colorado from 1999 to 2003, both the first black lieutenant governor and the youngest lieutenant governor in Colorado history. In 2001 Rogers received the Trumpet Award, a national recognition of African American achievement presented by Turner Broadcasting System and its parent Time-Warner.
Prior to being elected lieutenant governor, Rogers served as general counsel to the Denver Parents Association. From 1993 to 1995 he was a staff counsel for former U.S. Senator Hank Brown. Rogers received his law degree from Arizona State University.
Rogers says he first became interested in King's writings and public speeches as a college student, when he was asked to recite King's "I Have A Dream" speech at a church service. After leaving office, he developed the Dream Alive presentation that includes excerpts from several of King's best known speeches, and has given the presentation at churches, schools, colleges and universities, and corporate functions nationwide.
"This program is about expanding people's lives," Rogers told the Indianapolis Star. "Even though some didn't live the King experience, it can have some impact on how they see the world."
Also on February 26, Rogers will lead a small-group workshop, "Ending Apathy on College Campuses," at 1 p.m. in Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union. Designed primarily for students, the workshop is free and open to the public, but is limited to 30 participants. Advance registration is required with Pamela Hernandez in the Intercultural Life Office at Knox, 309 341 7231.
Rogers' visit to Knox is presented as part of the College's Black History Month celebration.
Black History Month 2005
Joe Rogers and Dream Alive
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Joe Rogers in "Dream Alive"