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BSC Black History Month Features Musical Tribute to "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," - February 23

Karl Gipson, an internationally recognized theatrical performer and singer, will present "A Dramatic Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Narration and Song," Feb. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium on the Bluefield State College campus. Gipson has delivered presentations for the Washington-based Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense, as well as several colleges and universities. His interests and studies have always been geared toward opera, and he trained at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music & Arts, the University of Vienna, and Hunter College in New York City. He currently divides his time between recitals, cultural enrichment programs in schools, dramatic music programs, and his Kosmopolitan Dinner Theatre Project, which he brings to organizations and churches along the eastern seaboard. Francis Conlon will provide piano accompaniment during the performance at BSC. He has previously appeared at the Kennedy Center, The National Gallery of Art, and Carnegie Hall in New York. He is a professor of music at George Washington University. "My presentation on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will dramatize the life and achievements of this great American who fought nonviolently the wrongs and injustices of our time," Gipson noted. "I am looking forward to my visit to Bluefield State College as we pay tribute to Dr. King and his legacy." There is no admission charge and the public is encouraged to attend the February 23 performance at BSC.