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Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Houston Public Library

The nation remembers and honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21, 2013 and the Houston Public Library joins in the commemoration by offering programs to the community that will inspire. The programs will be presented at several library locations and all programs are free and open to the public. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. For details about Library events, visit or call 832-393-1313.

Program Presentations Include:

Living Voices Presents: “The Right to Dream”
The struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in the United States is witnessed in the compelling story, “The Right to Dream”, which recreates a student’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history. Living Voices presents dynamic solo performances uniquely combined with archival film that turns history into a moving, personal journey.

Tuesday, January 22 | 1 PM
Oak Forest Neighborhood Library
1349 West 43rd Street, 77018, 832-393-1960

Tuesday, January 22 | 4 PM
Smith Neighborhood Library
3624 Scott St., 77004, 832-393-2050

Performance by Gerrá Gistand
Teenager Gerrá Gistand is an award winning orator regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this powerful performance.

Wednesday, January 23 | 11 AM
Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library
8501 West Montgomery, 77088, 832-393-1700

Wednesday, January 23 | 1 PM
Scenic Woods Regional Library
10677 Homestead Rd., 77016, 832-393-2030

Short Film – “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
In this 2012 Oscar nominated short film, Alabama barber and civil rights veteran James Armstrong experiences the fulfillment of an unimaginable dream; the election of the first African-American president. An Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, it was produced in association with American Documentary | POV, and a co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortia.

Wednesday, January 23 | 12 PM
Central Library
500 McKinney, Houston, 77002, 832-393-1313

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life and Legacy – A Panel Presentation
Reverend William Lawson and Dr. Virgil A. Wood will share their experiences working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.

Saturday, January 26 | 2 PM
The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street, 77019, 832-393-1440

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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