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Jan. 29-30: Events mark MLK Jr. birthday

FREDERICK, Md.—Two events marking the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be held in January in the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One, a one-act play written and performed by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, will be staged Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The 45-minute performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Briley-Strand portrays more than a dozen characters, those who helped Tubman rescue slaves from their owners in the years prior to the Civil War using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad as well as those who tried to stop her. The show includes the singing of spirituals, which contained the "secret language" slaves used to communicate and escape to freedom.

A documentary, King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis, will be shown Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. The Academy Award-nominated film, which features Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Ruby Dee, presents footage of key events in King's struggle to promote racial equality, beginning with the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala.

For more information, contact Kiran Chadda, director of multicultural affairs and international student programs, at 301-696-3799 or by email at