MLK Committee Announces Black History Art Display

The Committee to Commemorate Martin Luther King announced the second annual Black History Month Art Display.
This year the CCMLK not only partnered with the art department at Warsaw Community Schools, but also the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts as the host site for the collection of student artwork.
A total of 56 pieces of student art may be seen in the lobby of the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts through March 6 during regular box office hours, according to a provided press release.
February box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
There are additional opportunities for the public to see the exhibit as they attend programming at the theatre: comedian Bill Engvall takes the stage Feb. 11 and The Center Street Community Theatre performs “The Foreigner” Feb. 26 and 27 and March 5 and 6.
“This is an excellent way to feature several wonderful assets in our community at once,” said John Bryan Lowe III, president of the CCMLK. “We truly appreciate both the collaboration with the schools to feature student art, and also the Wagon Wheel as a new site to display these pieces in one large exhibit. We look forward to continuing this tradition in the future to honor Dr. King and other African Americans who have made a difference in our country’s history.”
Black History Month was first recognized by the U.S. government in 1976, the release states. The month of February serves as a period of remembrance to honor influential African-Americans throughout history and encourage the continued practice of human equality and civil rights in our country.
Founded in 1987 by Joe Banks, Lynn Pulliam and Durell Hoskins, the CCMLK of Warsaw exists to provide a forum in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a great black American, is appropriately commemorated in Kosciusko County. The committee strives to provide challenges to people of all ages to study the principles of love, family, brotherhood and self-sacrifice as taught by the words, deeds and life of Dr. King.
The CCMLK has honored the efforts of students for many years through Academic Excellence Awards, which give students of minority backgrounds scholarships to continue their education to the post-secondary level. The committee provides motivation to implement nonviolent social change through caring for others, strengthening the family, personal involvement in the suffering of others and civic participation.
The CCMLK Black History Month art exhibit at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts includes pieces from Warsaw Community Schools elementary and middle school students.

(Story By The Times Union)