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Dream Alive Program is Jan. 24 at Dordt

January 12, 2006

Dream Alive, a powerful rendition of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be presented at Dordt College’s B.J. Haan Auditorium on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The guest performance by acclaimed African American Joe Rogers is free and open to the public, as is a reception following the performance at Dordt’s Campus Center Eckardt Lounge. Dream Alive

“Uncanny, electrifying, spellbinding, awesome, touching, like Dr. King was in the room,” are words that have been used to describe this program which has been presented at colleges and conferences throughout America. Dream Alive takes audience members from Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963 to his final words delivered in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.

“Rogers captures King’s sound and delivery so accurately that mental video kicks in, as do all the clichés of teary eyes, goose-bump arms and shouted amens,” reported the Scottsdale Progress Tribune following a presentation. “Anyone untouched by this bleeds ice.”

[Joe Rogers] speaks to the relevance of Dr. King’s message to contemporary life—and the relevance of the message to all people, not just African Americans,” says Shawn Howard, director of American University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. “For everyone who has yearned to personally hear King’s words and vision, with an up to date perspective, this is an experience not to be missed.”

Rogers completed a term as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado in 2003, giving him the distinction of serving as America’s youngest Lieutenant Governor and only the fourth African American in U.S. history ever to hold that position. Now a practicing attorney in Colorado, Rogers also serves on the blue ribbon National Commission on the Voting Rights Act. In 2001, he received the Trumpet Award, one of the nation’s highest honors recognizing African American achievement by Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting System. Other Trumpet Award recipients include Rosa Parks, Lena Horne, Tiger Woods and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Rogers graduated from Colorado State University and received his law degree from Arizona State University, where he won the school’s first ever national championship, the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition. He practiced law with one of Colorado’s oldest and largest firms, Davis, Graham & Stubbs, and served as Counsel to Colorado’s former United States Senator Hank Brown.

In the summer of 2006, Joe Rogers will debut his inaugural book release, The Letter to My Son, a book of wisdom and inspiration for a life well-lived.

For more information about the Dream Alive performance and reception at Dordt College on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m., see www.dreamalive.org.

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