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Motus Theater presents a free, arts-based, and family-friendly event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, with some of the most powerful musicians and leaders in Colorado. 

Featured guests include: The nationally acclaimed and regionally loved singers, The ReMINDers; hip-hop poetry and reflections by Dr. Reiland Rabaka, director of the CU Boulder Center for African and African American Studies; and a monologue inspiring us all to take action to create true justice by Motus monologist Colette Payne, director at the Women’s Justice Institute

This event uplifts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s understanding of the interrelationship between poverty, racism, and justice. It is sponsored by the Center for African and African American Studies at CU Boulder. 

Free, family-friendly performance (middle school age and up). Monday, Jan. 16, at The Dairy Arts Center, 2-3 p.m. Reserve your spot here

The ReMINDers are a rare and remarkable musical duo with undeniable magical chemistry, The ReMINDers transcend the bounds of expectation to uplift and entertain. They seamlessly blend razor-sharp rhythms and raw, soulful vocals with reggae-tinged hip-hop beats to highlight their relevant and inspiring messages. The couple shares a partnership in both music and life as Samir and Aja have been married for over a decade. The ReMINDers have been recognized and applauded for their work internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, TV, and radio appearances. They have shared the stage with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Nas, Big Boi, and Ms. Lauryn Hill. 

Reiland Rabaka is a Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Founder and Director of the Center for African & African American Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Professor Rabaka has published 17 books and more than 100 scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays, including most recently The Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism, Du Bois: A Critical Introduction, Civil Rights Music: The Soundtracks of the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Music!: Protest Songs, Message Music, and the Black Power Movement, and The Hip Hop Movement. He is also a poet and musician.

Colette Payne, Motus’ JustUs Project Monologist

Colette Payne is an organizer, leader, student, mother, and grandmother. As the Director of the Women's Justice Institute, she helps engage women directly impacted by the criminal legal system, creating agents of change with solutions to end the incarceration of women and girls. In 2015, Colette joined the delegation to assess women’s prisons in Illinois as the first formerly incarcerated woman in this role in the United States. Colette is living proof that change is possible.

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