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Barry Scott to Present ‘Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.' at Doane

Martin Luther King, Jr., speaker 09 Barry ScottWidely known for his successes as an actor, writer, producer and motivational speaker, upcoming Doane College speaker Barry Scott has toured the country presenting lectures on diversity and leadership. 

Scott's presentation, ‘Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,' was created by Scott to teach a generation of students about one of America's most violent and inspiring times. In the hour-long program, Scott not only discusses Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, he also becomes Dr. King, recreating some of his most inspiring speeches.

Scott will present his ‘Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.' in Heckman Auditorium on Doane's Crete campus Monday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Doane's Student Activities Council and Multicultural Support Services in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Members of Scott's audiences have called his portrayal of Dr. King "phenomenal", "amazing" and "superb." Even the late Coretta Scott King once complimented him on his realistic and honest depiction of her late husband.

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Scott began reciting King's speeches for churches and schools in Nashville's black community as a child. An incident with a white police officer when he was 16 years old profoundly changed his life. Following the incident, Scott and his father watched a film of King's ‘I have a Dream' speech. After watching the film five times, Scott realized that even though he had recited that speech before, he didn't really understand it.

"I realized that I didn't have cause to be ashamed," he said. "I realized that speech was a parable for action, a blueprint for freedom."

Scott graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in Speech Communications and Theatre. He is the founder and artistic director of the American Negro Playwright Theatre, the professional theatre in residence at TSU.

His acting credits nationwide include television's I'll Fly Away and In the Heat of the Night.