News Release

Published on Friday, January 06, 2006

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Western Wisconsin Technical College will feature award-winning actress and writer Awele Makeba, on Monday, Jan. 16, 3:00-3:30 p.m. in the Kumm Center Cafeteria. Makeba will present a portion of “Rage is Not a 1-Day Thing,” a play which re-enacts the Montgomery, Ala. bus boycotts.

Written and performed solely by Makeba, the play exposes the untaught history of the bus boycotts. Makeba plays dozens of women, men, and teenagers, including 15-year-old Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her seat on a bus nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous arrest for the same act.

The event, co-sponsored by WWTC’s Student Government, Multicultural Student Organization, and International Education Committee, is free and open to the public. It is a preview of Makeba’s performance at the La Crosse Center later that evening.

Makeba is an internationally known actor/writer, storyteller, recording artist and educator, recognized as an artist for social change. She researches, writes, and performs hidden African American history.

To learn more about this event or about additional WWTC programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the WWTC Web site at