Chautauqua to be Held at Wor-Wic on July 15
June 20, 2008

The public is invited to Chautauqua 2008 “Civil Rights: Taking a Stand,” a free event that is being held on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m., in Guerrieri Hall at Wor-Wic Community College on the corner of Route 50 and Walston Switch Road in Salisbury.

A chautauqua live performance is the portrayal of a historical character, complete with costumes, props and mannerisms, by a scholar or actor for a community audience. The chautauqua at Wor-Wic will feature a gospel and spiritual music performance by Dr. Faye Wilson of Salisbury and a portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. by Bill Grimmette of Gambrills, Md. A display of historical African-American figurines will be on display on the first floor of the Student Center.

Wilson, a musician and choir director for Voices United in Salisbury, has been involved with musical performances since she was six years old. She has traveled throughout the U.S. and other countries as an accompanist and performer of Gospel music.


As a motivational speaker, Grimmette travels the world crafting, collecting and performing stories of personal power and potential to audiences as diverse as preschool to corporations. Grimmette performs annually with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. His 30 years of acting includes experience with stage, film and television. Grimmette also served in the U.S. Army and taught high school.

Chautauqua 2008 is a series of performances being held at seven community colleges throughout Maryland, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC), with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Maryland Division of Historical and Cultural Programs, to support the revival of the chautauqua tradition.

CrossRoads Café in the Student Center will be open for dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students from Wor-Wic’s honors program will also be selling Smith Island cake, fruit kabobs and iced tea before the show and at intermission.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call (410) 334-2864. Sign language interpretation is available upon request.