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Motus Theater presents an arts-based, family-friendly event exploring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s understanding of poverty and racism. Featured guests include: The nationally acclaimed and regionally-loved singers, The ReMINDers; Dr. Reiland Rabaka, Director of the CU Boulder Center for African and African American Studies, presenting reflections and hip-hop poetry; and Colette Payne, Director at the Women’s Justice Institute, presenting a JustUs monologue that inspires us all to action in alliance with Dr. King Jr.
Kids & Seniors Suggested Donation: $15 General Individual Suggested Donation: $25 Motus Supporter Donation: $50 OR FREE! Family-friendly performance (middle school age and up).
Performance by Motus Theater – creators of UndocuAmerica, JustUs, Women of Resolution, Rocks Karma Arrows, and the Shoebox Stories Podcast. More information at motustheater.org.
Reiland Rabaka is a Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Founder and Director of the Center for African & African American Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Professor Rabaka has published 17 books and more than 100 scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays, including most recently The Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism, Du Bois: A Critical Introduction, Civil Rights Music: The Soundtracks of the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Music!: Protest Songs, Message Music, and the Black Power Movement, and The Hip Hop Movement. He is also a poet and musician.
Motus JustUs Project Monologist
Colette Payne is an organizer, leader, student, mother, and grandmother. As the Director at Women’s Justice Institute she helps engage women directly impacted by the criminal legal system, creating agents of change with solutions to end incarceration of women and girls. In 2015, Colette joined the delegation to assess women’s prisons in Illinois as the first formerly incarcerated woman in this role in the United States. Colette is living proof that change is possible.
The ReMINDers are a rare and remarkable musical duo with undeniable magical chemistry, The Reminders transcend the bounds of expectation to uplift and entertain. They seamlessly blend razor-sharp rhythms and raw, soulful vocals with reggae-tinged hip-hop beats to highlight their relevant and inspiring messages. The couple shares a partnership in both music and life as Samir and Aja have been married for over a decade. The Reminders have been recognized and applauded for their work internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, TV and radio appearances. They have shared the stage with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Nas, Big Boi and Ms. Lauryn Hill.