Sweet Songs of Sorrow & Joy: Jazz, Poetry, MLK, and Civil Rights

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 8:00pm
Theatre B, UI Theatre Building

Event type: Music, theatre, Writing

Price: Free--No ticket required

Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

A UI Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights event

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences presents Sweet Songs of Sorrow and Joy, a special music and theatre production featuring Damani Phillips, UI assistant professor of Jazz Studies and African American Studies, and his group playing classic jazz and talking about the artists’ and works’ connections to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement. Interspersed with the music will be student poets, playwrights, and actors from the Darwin Turner Action Theater reading spoken-word pieces, both from their own original work and from MLK speeches.

The School of Music and Department of Theatre Arts are units of the Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The African American Studies Program is also in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


  • Scott Barnum  - Bass
  • Michael Jarvey - Piano
  • Damani Phillips - Saxophones
  • Brian Zeglis - Drums


  • Morris Hill | MFA Acting Candidate | Dallas, Texas
  • Micah Ariel James | MFA Playwriting Candidate | Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Ryan Oliveira | MFA Playwriting Candidate | Miami, Florida
  • Audrey Smith | English major | Greensboro, North Carolina | President, University of Iowa Feminist Union
  • Terrence West | Journalism and Theatre major | Detroit, Michigan | President, Black Student Union

Running time: Approximately 75 minutes

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in advance at 319-335-2611.