Digital Media Students and Professor Present Original Works in Honor of Dr. King
On January 16, 2012 Miranda Caulkins, Jenny Cayo, Anthony Robinson, and Professor Jessa Wilcoxen presented original works in honor of Martin Luther King to students and faculty at Greenville College.
Within the past year I've become interested in the continued, voluntary segregation of the Church. Martin Luther King once said, "We must face the fact that in America, the church is still the most segregated major institution. At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation." We can and should celebrate the advances made towards racial unity in our society, but within the institution that is supposed to represent unity and brotherhood, not much as changed.
My piece is more about diversity than Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This was a project that I did last semester for a Human Rights assignment, and I used Article 15, Everyone has a right to their own Nationality, as the article for my piece. We also had to include the Amnesty International website somewhere on our piece. I wanted to play with the idea of putting tattoos on a person, as they are considered a cultural taboo. I used images of famous people in this piece because they are commonly recognized in social media and the public eye. Through research I did on the individual actors and actresses, I discovered that many of them came from different countries, coming to America and learning to speak English before they began their acting careers. They brought some of their own culture and heritage to the film industry because of this.
My piece was inspired by Dr. King's passion for civil rights. I decided to create a piece with both aspects involved. The Civil Rights Act was a landmark piece of legislation in the US that outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women, including racial segregation. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public. Dr. Kings dream was to see the oppression of African Americans ended and this piece of legislation accomplished just that.
Professor Jessa Wilcoxen
While living in Memphis Tennessee, one cannot not help but become fascinated with the story behind Martin Luther King. After visiting the Civil Rights Museum in March of 2008, I was inspired to create an artistic animation honoring him. Dr King's last speech was delivered on April 3rd, 1968 at the Mason Temple, which is also the Church of God in Christ Headquarters. The speech was given the day before he was shot at the Lorraine Motel in south Memphis. The "Mountaintop" speech primarily concerns the Memphis Sanitation Strike. Throughout this speech he calls for unity, economic actions, boycotts, and nonviolent protests. I was greatly moved by his words and I wanted my audience to also feel an emotional connection to Dr. King's speech so I used a powerful gospel tune in the background of piece to help give the words a sense of time and place.
Click the image to view the animation or go to http://creativspark.com/mountaintop.php