“Martin and Music,” a stage production that honors the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Williams Auditorium at Ferris State University. The production wraps up the university’s Black History Month celebration, coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Student Services.
The production, which weaves King’s speeches with narration and music, stars Gerald Rivers, an inspirational speaker, actor and voice-over talent whose most recent credits include M. Bison in the 2012 animated film “Wreck-It Ralph.” Rivers, best known for his portrayal of King, has memorized more than 20 of his speeches.
Singer, inspirational speaker, author and actor Charles Holt, who has appeared on Broadway in “The Lion King,” “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” provides narration and vocals.
The university’s events to commemorate the role of black Americans in United States history included various discussions, a documentary screening and a trip to Grand Rapids to hear guest speaker LZ Granderson, an award-winning journalist and commentator for CNN and ESPN.