Office of Multicultural Relations
2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Jackson Community College invites the community to the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Robert Snyder Dining Commons, Potter Center. This year’s event will feature the 1970s TV sweetheart, Bern Nadette Stanis, better known as “Thelma” from the first African-American sitcom, “Good Times.”
Bern Nadette Stanis trained in drama at Juilliard School in New York before taking the role of Thelma Evans on “Good Times,” sister of JJ and the middle child and only daughter of TV’s Evans family. Helping to redefine stereotypes, “Thelma” disproved what many in America thought, showing that a girl from Chicago’s inner city projects can and does live a life full of hope and dreams, strengthened by intelligence, respect, dignity and grace. After the show ended in 1979, Stanis mostly retired from the limelight, but has made appearances on shows like “The Cosby Show,” “The Love Boat,” “The Parent ‘Hood,” and “What’s Happening Now,” the revival series. She has written two books, one on relationships and another on finances, written a book of poetry, and is involved in Alzheimer’s disease awareness since her mother has come down with the disease. She will speak on “Dreams Do Come True.
Also at the event, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Service Award will be presented, and dinner will be served. Tickets will be $22 per person, $18 for students and senior citizens (60 and up), and may be purchased at the Potter Center Box Office, 517.796.8600.