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January 31, 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Youngsters Portraying Black Historical Figures to Officially Announce 6th Annual Blacks in Wax Performances  

Mayor Gray to Also Announce Other Black History Month Activities and Events

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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and members of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center

Scholars portraying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eartha Kitt, Ben Ali and Rosa Parks along with Recreation Wish List Committee Founder Cora Masters Barry and Washington Performing Arts Society Chair and Blacks in Wax Executive Producer Reggie Van Lee will officially announce the 6th Annual Blacks in Wax, which will take place at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center on Friday, Feb. 24 and at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, March 3. The four figures are among 70 influential individuals from Black History who will be on display at Blacks in Wax.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31
11:00 a.m.

WHERE: John A. Wilson Building
First Floor Grand Foyer
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

BACKGROUND: After a successful premiere performance at the Kennedy Center last year, the celebrated, must-see production of Blacks in Wax is preparing for another successful celebration of Black History. Performed by the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) Scholars, a group of young people predominantly hailing from Ward 8, the 6th annual performance is set to take place at the SETLC on Friday, Feb. 24, with a repeat at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, March 3. Blacks in Wax is sponsored by the Recreation Wish List Committee in partnership with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and features youth from the SETLC transforming from a “wax replica” of iconic, historical characters to a live portrayal.