MLK event: “Beyond Tucson: A Time to Break Silence”

    Sunday, January 14, 2018 3:00pm at Centennial Hall

    Produced in partnership with the College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities Africana Studies, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Dr. Mary Jo Ghory.

    Beyond Tucson: A Time to Break Silence. Adapted from the title ofhis famous speech of April 4th, 1967, in which Dr. King officially spoke out against the Vietnam war, the words ring just as true today fifty years after they were first spoken.

    This free and open community event is a grassroots effort by dozens of individuals from a plethora of Tucson arts organizations.  This multiplicity of voices joins in concord to honor and respect the vision and integrity of Dr. King through dance, music, poetry and song. Among the community collaborators are Artifact Dance Project, Words on the Avenue, UA Dance, the UA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, and the Fred Fox School of Music.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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