The Kate Schulte Foundation presents their 3rd annual Martin Luther King Day benefit show at Woodlands Tavern, 1200 West 3rd Avenue, on Monday, January 18th, from 8 to 11pm. This year’s installment of this new tradition once again features music and poetry to be performed by an all-star cast of local jazz musicians. This benefit will raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who fight bigotry and hatred across America, especially focused on LGBT, immigration, and hate groups. Admission is free, but donations to the SPLC will be requested. Keep reading for more details on the event and the SPLC from the Schulte Foundation:
The Foundation decided to raise money for SPLC because they work in so many civil rights areas that are particularly important this year. Their campaign against hate groups is highlighted by the recent right-wing extremist takeover of the Malheur Bird Sanctuary. Their work in immigrant rights became even more important with the recent high rhetoric about Muslim refugees. Despite the legalization of gay marriage, LGBT rights continue to need defending and SPLC makes this a priority across the country, but especially in the Deep South. And they continue to work on issues of racial disparity in the justice system, which continues to be highlighted by the use of deadly force by police officers. For more information visit splcenter.org.
This year’s program will feature music and poetry from luminaries of the Columbus jazz scene: Randy Mather, Debra James Tucker, Stan Smith, Tia Harris Roseboro, Matt Adams, Vicki Saunders, Chris Brown, and Naima Vander Does; and Roger Hines, Roger Myers, Brett Burleson, and Michael Vander Does of The Jazz Poetry Ensemble, with a special appearance by fo/mo/deep.
Benefits in 2014 and 2015 raised hundreds of dollars for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The Kate Schulte Foundation is dedicated to furthering the cause of equal justice, equal rights, and equal opportunity for all through the arts. It fosters and presents art that promotes this cause. It provides educational opportunities that encourage an understanding of the relationship between the arts and equality. It presents art experiences that build community.