Southeast Public Radio to Broadcast a King Celebration 2006

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 11, 2006 — Southeast Public Radio will broadcast a two-hour special honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 16.

National Public Radio, in partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Glee Clubs of Morehouse and Spelman colleges, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change, will present the 12th annual musical tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s program also honors the late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks and the 1955 bus boycotts that were championed by King.

Featured music includes an NPR-commissioned arrangement of “We Shall Overcome” by Dr. Uzee Brown Jr., the music director of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; selections from “Slavery Documents” by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s first composer-in-residence T.J. Anderson; “The Great American Symphony,” Aaron Copland’s stirring Third Symphony; and Jennifer Higdon’s “Dooryard Bloom,” which takes its title and text from Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed” and features baritone Nmon Ford, for whom the piece was written. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano conducts the concert from the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College.

KRCU 90.9 FM is an affiliate of both Public Radio International and American Public Media. Southeast Public Radio is celebrating 15 years as a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information about KRCU 90.9 FM can found at http://www.krcu.org or by calling (573) 651-5070.