Pulitzer Prize winner to give keynote at EMU's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, Jan. 19
YPSILANTI Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will be the featured presenter at Eastern Michigan Universitys annual celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday, Jan. 19.
Parks will speak briefly at the Presidents Luncheon at the Ypsilanti Marriott at 12 p.m.; deliver the keynote address during the keynote celebration at Pease Auditorium at 3 p.m.; and host a talkback session following the 8 p.m. performance of her play, In the Blood, at Sponberg Theatre.
Parks was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001 and, in 2003, was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and the Pen-Laura Pels Award for Excellence in Playwriting.
Parks also is an accomplished songwriter, screenwriter and novelist. Her first novel, Getting Mother's Body, was published in 2003 to critical acclaim. Her first feature film, Girl 6, was directed by Spike Lee. Parks is currently writing the film adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel Paradise for Harpo Films and the musical Hoopz for Disney.
Parks is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and currently directs the Dramatic Writing Program at the California Institute of Arts.
Parks appearances are as follows:
Martin Luther King, Jr., Keynote Celebration: You Didnt Hear Me Then, Will You Hear Me Now? Monday, Jan. 19, 3 p.m., Pease Auditorium. The keynote celebration will feature Parks, the EMU Gospel Choir, EMU Jazz Ensemble and the presentation of the Evans/Strand Diversity Award and the Nora and Lee Martin and Margaret Crawford Trailblazer Awards. Free and open to the public.
Talkback Session, Sponberg Theater, Monday, Jan. 19, after the 8 p.m. presentation of Parks play, In The Blood. Presented by the EMU Theatre Department. Tickets are available at the Quirk/Sponberg box office, 487.1221.
For a complete listing of EMU activities celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., go to: http://cot.emich.edu/mlk.
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