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Release: Jan. 22, 2002

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PRESS CONFERENCE FOR ACTORS DANNY GLOVER, FELIX JUSTICE

MONDAY, JAN. 28, 6 to 6:30 P.M.

HANCHER AUDITORIUM, SECOND FLOOR LOBBY (WEST)

Photo: Actors Danny Glover (left) and Felix Justice.

As part of Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week, actors Danny Glover and Felix Justice pair to present selected readings of King and poet Langston Hughes in "An Evening with Martin and Langston," to a public audience at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 in the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium. Prior to the readings, Glover and Justice will take questions from the media.

The event is free but requires tickets, which are limited to two per person and are available at the University Box Office on the first floor of the Iowa Memorial Union and at the Hancher Auditorium ticket office. Tickets will be made available to the public beginning Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the University Box Office from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and at the Hancher ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The presentation is made possible by the UI Lecture Committee and Hancher Auditorium and is funded in part by the F. Wendell Miller Fund.

Glover's and Justice's offstage friendship began when the two were San Francisco Bay area actors several years ago. They have presented the titled lecture for at least five years and last year performed before an audience in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The presentation begins with readings by Justice, portraying King, of two of the slain civil rights leader's most memorable speeches. Glover will portray Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance writer who gained acclaim as a principled writer and who uncompromisingly told stories of black America, allowing readers to draw their own interpretations of his words and their meanings.

Glover won acclaim for his roles in the Academy Award-winning movies "Places in the Heart" and "The Color Purple." He has appeared in13 other films, including "Pure Luck," "Grand Canyon" and "Bopha!" As an executive producer, he worked behind the scenes on "To Sleep with Anger" and Home Box Office's "America's Dream" and "Buffalo Soldiers." He's received two NAACP Image Awards, three Cable ACE Awards, was entered into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and was appointed the first Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Development Programme.

Justice, an actor, director and playwright, was present at a 1960 address by King in Los Angeles, an event he calls as a "visceral experience." Justice is based in the San Francisco area and has appeared in "Henry V," "Blues for Mr. Charlie" and "The River Niger." He has directed "The Trials of Brother Gero," and in 1981 he premiered "Prophecy in America" at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco.