February 26 from 2pm to 3:30: a special presentation and discussion

S h i n e  L i g h t

Reflections on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King


Amaha Sellassie

Amaha Sellassie is a Professor of Sociology at Sinclair Community College. He is a scholar, practitioner, and social healer that strives to create spaces for meaningful connection and dialog.

In his owns words, " I seek to build trust and deep relationships throughout the region by connecting various groups and people together in meaningful ways in order to heal the historical wounds within Dayton".

This process of bringing our communities’ hurts to the surface where they can be healed by the air and light of forgiveness will reduce the intergenerational transmission of wounds, thereby positioning the generations after us with the ability to walk closer into living out Dr. King’s world.

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Dr. Umvikeli G. Scott Jones

Shine Light is a spoken work with electronic trombone accompaniment created in part to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, it is also  a highly personal work intended to compel audience members to consider the role of fear in their interactions with others.

Dr. Umvikeli G. Scott Jones is a trombonist, composer, and music educator.  His performance repertoire ranges from jazz to classical, to avant-garde.  Jones has performed and recorded with many artists including The Funk Brothers, Steve Arrington, Spyder Turner,  the National Jazz Orchestra of Detroit,

Part of Umvikeli’s personal mission is to make the arts more accessible to under-represented youth.

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Furaha Henry-Jones

Furaha Henry-Jones is an associate professor of English at Sinclair Community College, where she also serves as director of Sinclair's Writing Workshop.

Furaha has spent the past 20 years working with people and words. She has taught in public high schools and prisons, GED programs and college composition courses, charter schools for out-of-school youth, and migrant education programs.

Her passion for helping people learn about themselves and others through the written word began in classrooms, but has extended into life beyond formal educational settings.