A blues-based performance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King
“…an outstanding cultural hybrid of unexpected storytelling traditions.” – The Smithsonian
Arthur Flowers is a literary bluesman who performs in the oral storytelling tradition of the griots, where literature, myth-work, destiny and magical realism meet.
Arthur comes from Memphis, Tennessee – where Martin Luther King gave his last address ‘I’ve been to the mountaintop…’ before being assassinated. Seven years ago he collaborated with Indian scroll painter Manu Chitrakar, who paints in the tradition of the ‘patua’ wandering minstrels of West Bengal to create a stunning, impassioned and multi-dimensional biography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Listen to this master storyteller as he performs the story of King and others from his repertoire, taking us back to a time when the storyteller was singer, satirist and magician, all rolled into one.
This event will be opened with a welcome song by the Woodwards Community Singers, led by Vanessa Richards. Vanessa Richards, has a social arts practice that explores what life becomes when we turn more often to each other than away. She is the Director of Community Engagement at 312 Main and the founder and song leader of Woodward’s Community Singers.
ASL is available for this event! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request ASL services before June 23rd. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Programming is low-vision friendly. For venue description and accessibility information: SFU Woodwards
This event has been made possible thanks to support from the BC Arts Council and SFU Woodwards.