Local residents young and old gathered at events around Rogue Valley in the past few days to celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These events culminated Monday, January 19 at the Historic Ashland Armory with a celebration sponsored by the City of Ashland, Southern Oregon University, Ashland School District, JPR and many others — and as has become tradition at RVTV, the event was carried live across Southern Oregon on our local cable and streaming channels.
This year’s theme, “Share The Dream: Live The Reality” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. In addition to the many spoken word, musical and dance presentations by area schools as well as local performers, today’s celebration featured a keynote speech by Geneva Craig, who was born in Selma and who marched with King. Geneva Craig serves as clinical program coordinator at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and is also the chair of the AARP Oregon Diversity Advisory Council. She was interviewed by Andy Draper on his local public access show in a three–part series last year.
Our special thanks to Paul Collins from Project A for directing the video production, along with help from Live At The Armory personnel and one of our SOU Communications students who made up the film crew. You can catch replays of the event all week on your local RVTV Channels, or view it anytime on our Public Access Archive here.