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BSC Black History Month Features Musical Tribute to "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," February 23 (w/photo)

Karl Gipson (third from left) presented a dramatic recital, "Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," as a featured activity in Bluefield State College's observance of "Black History Month." He is pictured with BSC President Dr. Robert Moore (left), Ms. Jackie Bratton (second from left), BSC Black History Month display coordinator, and Dr. Marvin Rogers (right), Director of the Federal Title III/BRACE program at BSC. Karl Gipson, an internationally recognized theatrical performer and singer, presented "A Dramatic Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Narration and Song," February 23, as a featured activity in Bluefield State College's Black History Month program. Gipson, whose musical background includes study at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Arts, the University of Vienna, and Hunter College in New York City, has appeared in numerous movies and documentaries. His program at BSC included a tapestry of music and narration, highlighting the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "My presentation on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been developed to pay tribute to the life and achievements of this great American who fought nonviolently the wrongs and injustices of our time," Gipson noted. Francis Conlon, who has served as an official accompanist for the National Opera Institute Auditions and the National Symphony Young Soloists Competition, provided piano accompaniment for Gipson's presentation.