Radical, Not a Saint; Celebrating the REAL Dr. King
This month the BONK! performance series will be collaborating with Sentinel Mentors, Professional Women’s Network for Service, The Racine Branch NAACP, and the Racine Public Library to host “A Radical, Not a Saint; Celebrating the REAL Dr. King” held at the Racine Public Library, 75 Lake Ave, on Saturday, January 19th, at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Featured speakers will be Alderman John Tate II, Nick Demske, Auntavia Jackson, and Rev. Dr. Harvard Stephens. This event is free for all ages and open to the public.
Today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is praised universally as a champion of peace. But during his life, he was a highly contentious public figure challenging the status quo, and the comfort of every American–white, black and otherwise. The Chief of the FBI called Dr. King “The most notorious liar in the country.” In the last years of his life, Dr. King endured tremendous criticism and scorn from many different parts of American society. His harsh condemnation of the Vietnam War proved to be as politically risky as his fights for civil rights for black Americans.
This event will make the argument that Dr. King is universally praised today, in large part, because his legacy has been so watered down and sterilized, to the point that it is unrecognizable. Rather than remembering him as the social radical who caused mass disruption to bring attention to various American injustices, Dr. King is often treated as a figure who simply believed that if everyone was simply treated the same, the world’s problems would go away. This couldn’t be further from what Dr. King believed, though, and this event will feature multiple speakers who will help members of the audience understand who Dr. King really was. Presenters will reconnect those in attendance with Dr. King’s true heroism and legacy and will discuss practical ways for all of us to continue his legacy today.
6:00 PM – Introduction
6:15 PM – Alderman John Tate II: Radical Quotes from Dr. King and What They Should Mean for Us Today
6:30 PM – Nick Demske: No Black Dollars; Dr. King’s Activism Through Economic Withdrawal
6:45 PM – Auntavia Jackson: Coretta Scott King; The Radical Behind the Radical
7:00 PM – Rev. Dr. Harvard Stephens: What Would Jesus Do; Christianity as the foundation for Dr. King’s Radical activism
7:25 PM – Practical Steps for Carrying on King’s Legacy Today
7:35 PM – 8:00 PM – Food and Fellowship
This month’s BONK! performance series will be held on Saturday, September 29th, Held at the George Bray Neighborhood YMCA, 924 Center Street in Racine, BONK! will be at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Instead of bringing in featured performers, we will have twenty local acts performing their own original work.
This month’s event will be part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability. An event that began primarily with poet organizers, 100 Thousand Poets for Change has grown into an interdisciplinary coalition with year-round events which includes musicians, dancers, mimes, painters, and photographers from around the world. BONK!s contribution to this global event will be held at the George Bray Neighborhood YMCA, 924 Center Street. Originally the George Bray Neighborhood Center, it reopened its doors in late February of this year as a branch of the Racine Family YMCA.
An award ceremony recognizing Guest of Honor Daniel Scheidell’s use of poetry to overcome an extraordinary ordeal and help others discover poetry’s power.
You are cordially invited to join us at 7pm on Friday, November 30th at the Rhode Theater in downtown Kenosha for cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres, and a moving evening of poetic fellowship. Semi-formal attire optional.
More about Dan:
Dan was wrongly convicted in Racine and incarcerated for two decades before being exonerated with the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. During that time, he used poetry as a lifeline to keep his hope alive. Learn more here and chip in https://www.gofundme.com/danscheidellpoetry
This event is sponsored by the Kenosha-Racine Poets Laureate Program.
This month’s BONK! performance series will be held at the Eco-Justice Center, 7133 Michna Road, Racine, WI, on Saturday, August 11th, at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Featured performers will be modern jazz guitarist, Dave Miller; composer and saxophonist, Jonah Parzen Johnson; and spoken word musician, Discopoet Kari B.
Dave Miller is a truly unique musical product of both Brooklyn and Chicago. Dave Miller (Algernon, Cuneiform Records; Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Delmark Recordings; Jazz at Lincoln Center; Joe Policastro Trio, Jeru Jazz) finds his newest instrumental iteration in the psychedelic-roots songwriting of Old Door Phantoms. Lingering melodies and vintage tones juxtapose against guitar experimentalism and jangly, hypnotic rhythms. Grammy-winning music journalist, Neil Tesser, cites Miller “among my favorite modern guitarists” (chicagomusic.org). The broad-minded musician’s “impressive flexibility” can range “from carefully structured improvisations to complementary texture and color” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) while still “making a listener feel inches from the guitar” (Mark Keresman, New York City Jazz Record). For his summer 2018 tour in support of the release, Miller will be performing these songs in a very special intimate solo setting.
Jonah Parzen Johnson is a Brooklyn NY based saxophonist & composer. His third solo album was released by Clean Feed Records in July 2017. His solo music combines baritone saxophone with analog synthesizers to make unedited, un-looped, solo experimental music. He recently completed a successful European tour, as well as a complete North American releases tour, last July. Jonah has been featured in many press outlets including the NY Times, LA Times, Downbeat Magazine, XL8R, Impose Magazine, and All About Jazz. Highlights of the tour include headlining shows at Cultergest (Lisbon, Portugal), Union Pool (NYC), The Hungry Brain (Chicago), and Bootleg Theater (LA), as well as appearances at Suoni Per il Popolo Festival (Montreal), The CMG Improvisors Summit (Portland OR), Le Zorba in (Paris, France), Bar Mirwaar (Ghent, Belgium).
Khari B., also known as Discopoet Khari B. is a spoken word musician, author and educator working internationally in the literary art. He is the founder of Discopoetry Arts & Edutainment Collective. He’s recorded two albums, appeared on several others, produced and directed numerous multidisciplinary productions and has taught the art and lectured in schools across the world in the last ten years. A recent Chair of the Association for the Advancement of the Creative Musicians (AACM), Khari led the organization into their 50th anniversary, being instrumental in producing some of their most exciting, celebratory programming in years. Presently he is the Artist-In-Residence at the prestigious Purdue University while continuing to teach, create, produce and perform wherever he is called with his philosophy “Make it happen.”