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TLU To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1/16/2013
“Remember! Celebrate! Act! – A Day On … Not a Day Off”

Texas Lutheran University will host a concert honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision of social change and tolerance on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in Jackson Auditorium. The concert “Remember! Celebrate! Act! – A Day On … Not a Day Off,” is open to the public and will feature The Ebenezer Baptist Church Men’s Chorus of Austin and The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Praise Dance Ministry of San Antonio. The program will also showcase a special reading of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech by TLU’s Director of Annual Giving Brian Danforth with guests Joy Jones and Gregg “Happy Guitar” Haynes.

On Monday, Jan. 21, students, faculty and staff will join TLU Pastor Greg Ronning and Dr. Norm Beck, Poehlmann professor of theology and classical languages, in Seguin’s annual MLK commemorative march. The TLU group will gather at 11:30 a.m. at Langner Hall and walk downtown to join members of the Seguin community for a celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Central Park. Following the celebration, the group will march with the community from downtown Seguin to Jackson Auditorium. The march will conclude at 2 p.m.

"It’s important to remember that Martin Luther King Day is not a day off but a day to act on the principles and values of Dr. King,” said Greg Ronning, TLU campus pastor. “A great way to do this is to participate in Seguin’s annual rally and symbolic march, hearing again Dr. King’s call to serve each other in love and walking side by side with the various racial and ethnic backgrounds that make up the community of Seguin. TLU is honored to be the destination of the walk and the host of the program that follows the walk.”

About the performers for Sunday’s program:

Joy Jones

Joy Jones is a 2012 graduate of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, where she received her master’s in vocal performance. As an active member of Crane Opera Ensemble, she sang the role of “Fiordiligi” in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and the role of “Della” in Conte’s The Gift of The Magi. Jones has sung in master classes with famous mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and worked with American soprano Lynda Kemeny in Germany during her participation in West Virginia University’s voice and piano collaborative summer workshop in Rosenheim, Bavaria. Joy has been a featured soloist in many concerts and recitals such as: Neglected Nationalism: An Evening of Negro Spirituals, Operissmo, The Women’s Composers Concert, The Gilded Age: Birth of The American Hit Song, Miscast Caberet: All Fached Up! and many more. After receiving her bachelor’s in music from Sam Houston State University in 2008, Jones worked with Kingwood College Opera where she sang the role of “Marshenka” in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride and “Eurydice” in Offenbach’s Orpheus and The Underworld. She has been a recurring featured artist at TLU’s annual Martin Luther King Concert since 2004. She is currently living in New York City and has just finished singing the role of Ms. Silverpeal in Mozart’s The Impresario this past November for Amadeus Opera Company.

Gregg “Happy Guitar”

Haynes A native of St. Louis, Mo, Greg Haynes is affectionately known as “Happy Guitar”: a nickname coined by his cousin because of the joy and happiness audiences feel as he plays music. Haynes is a self-taught musician and began playing guitar at his father’s church when he was just ten-years-old. Now a pastor serving in the St. Louis metropolitan area, he and his wife Shirley are co-presidents of Anointed Music Ministries, Inc. As a mentor, he has introduced and opened doors for many musicians in his hometown. Haynes was also the accompanying musician in the award-winning documentary “Say Amen Somebody,” featuring the Father of Gospel Music, Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey. Haynes has also accompanied and recorded with Andrae Crouch, Edwin Hawkins, Dr. Rance Allen and has received national attention for his albums Live & Direct, I String Because I’m Happy, Can I Testify, A Taste of Christmas, Happy Worship and his upcoming album Preserving Our Heritage.