Harlem Renaissance Show Honors King

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The Riverside Fine Arts Series is observing Martin Luther King

Jr.'s birthday Tuesday. by expanding to allow more than 1,000

schoolchildren to attend a chamber music and drama program

focused on the Harlem Renaissance.

The fine arts series' third concert of the season features the

Core Ensemble chamber music trio of Lake Worth and solo actor

Akin Babatunde.

In addition to the 7:30 p.m. concert Tuesday, the series is

admitting students from various Jacksonville high schools and

middle schools to two free abbreviated afternoon programs at the

Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St.

"We are doing this in honor of Martin Luther King Day," said

Lorraine Roettges, executive director of the fine arts series.

The slain civil rights leader's birthday was Thursday. The

Martin Luther King Day observance is tomorrow.

Babatunde will portray three literary giants of the Harlem

Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s: poets Langston Hughes,

Countee Cullen and Claude McKay. The paintings of Harlem

Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas will illustrate the program. …