Jan. 9, 2003
Contact: Kameya Shows


EMU's Poetry Society to Host Second Annual
"Color of Drums" Celebration

YPSILANTI - The Poetry Society, an Eastern Michigan University student organization, and EMU's Martin Luther King Day committee will host "The Color of Drums," a celebration of diversity and unity, Friday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. in Pease Auditorium. The event commemorates late civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through song, dance and spoken word.

The " Color of Drums" will feature skits, poems, songs and choreography performed by Caribbean, Latin, African and Asian -themed acts.

"Being a poet and a young African-American male, I found it difficult to find places where I could share the beauty of poetic expressions with others," said Gerrard Allen, president, Poetry Society.

The driving force behind the " Color of Drums," Allen recognized the need for a program where students could express their artistic talents while celebrating various cultures. Allen's idea turned into a two-hour spectacular of cultural exploration. At its initial performance, the " Color of Drums" attracted more than 1,000 patrons.

Admission is free, donations are welcomed. All proceeds go to the Poetry Society. For more information, contact Gerrard Allen at (248) 910-9688 or visit