History Comes to Life at Dauphin County's Annual Black History Month Program on Feb. 8

HARRISBURG, PA (January 25, 2018) Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite the public to a free Black History Month Program entitled “Dream but Don’t Sleep” to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 212 N. Progress Ave, Harrisburg.
“During Black History Month, we celebrate the centuries of achievements by African Americans whose contributions have improved our lives and the lives of generations to come,” said Haste. “We’re delighted to welcome Millicent Sparks Productions back to Dauphin County to share this living history performance with both our students and residents.”
This year’s program, sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, weaves Dr. Martin Luther King’s words of encouragement and hope through a performance of music, movement and spoken word. The theme of dreaming while navigating through life to keep Dr. King’s dream and ourselves alive will be seen throughout the production.
“This program brings history to life and tells the story of Dr. King and his timeless message of hope and equality,” said Pries. “We hope this program inspires and empowers young people to break down barriers and to dream big.”
Earlier on February 8, over 650 local school students will see the performance at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.


“More than half a century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked, ‘What are you doing for others?’” said Hartwick. “This program challenges young people to stay engaged, remain connected to their community and to help others.”

Millicent Sparks Productions, Inc. creates and produces exciting and thought-provoking living history performance programs with special emphasis on the African American experience. These productions bring American history alive, and highlight the struggles and triumphs of Africans in America. Living history performances have a unique capacity to open windows into the past and enable audiences to better reconstruct and interpret history.


Call 717-599-5188 for more information on this performance or connect with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at Facebook.com/DauphinCountyParksRecreation and Twitter.com/DauphinParksRec.