Late at night on Jan. 25, 1956, an exhausted Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. answered his telephone and was told “leave Montgomery immediately if you have no wish to die.” After hanging up the phone, a trembling King walked into his kitchen, put on a pot of coffee and took a seat at his table. What followed would be the late civil right leader’s most profound spiritual experience.

After moments of reflection, contemplation and prayer, King realized - as stated in his book “Stride Toward Freedom” - “At that moment, I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced God before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying ‘Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.’ Almost at once my fears began to go. My uncertainty disappeared. I was ready to face anything."

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Three days later, a bomb detonated at his home. His family escaped unharmed.

“At The Table With Dr. King,” an inspirational performance based on King’s experience at his kitchen table, will be presented live at Hanover College, Friday, Jan. 25. The event, part of the Hanover Enrichment Series, will begin at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

This special multifaceted program uses live music, poetry, historical video footage and King’s own words to teach audiences about the American civil rights movement and the valuable lessons of equality and respect. “At The Table With Dr. King” also challenges audiences to engage in creative acts of service and leadership in their communities.

General admission tickets for “At The Table With Dr. King” are available online free of charge. Patrons are encouraged to reserve seats in advance. Tickets may be printed or scanned upon entry from a barcode on a mobile phone. [TICKETS]

“At The Table With Dr. King” is co-produced by More Than Music with support from the Colorado-based Mizel Museum.

The show's nine-member ensemble, At The Table Group, exists to challenge audiences to listen for - and respond to - the unique call upon their lives to serve others for the betterment of their communities. The group places an emphasis on connection through music.

The Mizel Museum, an educational, nonprofit organization, is Denver’s only museum that addresses social justice issues through the lens of Jewish history and values. Its mission is dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding, combating racism and promoting social justice.

The Hanover Enrichment Series is presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah, with additional support from the McManaman Trust and German American Bank.

photo courtesy of the Mississippi University for Women