Library to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. through storyteller

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 10, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Rosie Chapman, also known as “Miz Rosie-The Storyteller” will bring the life of Martin Luther King Jr., as seen though the eyes of his wife, Coretta Scott King, to the Roseville Public Library at 11 a.m. Jan. 16.

Roseville Public Library Assistant Director Annamarie Lindstrom is excited about Chapman coming back to the library. 

“I’m really excited about this program. She did a program for us two years ago with Harriet Tubman. It was so well-received that we wanted to invite her back again,” Lindstrom said. “She’s a wonderful storyteller, and we thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and have Rosie do her performance of Coretta Scott King,” said Lindstrom.

Lindstrom also explained in further detail her hope for the family-friendly event.

“She is going to portray Coretta Scott King as a child, her dating and married life to Martin Luther King Jr., and her role in the civil rights movement. I think it’s going to really bring this amazing and influential woman to life. I really hope it brings Coretta to life. I hope that this program is well-received as well.”

To prepare as a storyteller, Chapman purchases books written by whomever she’s going to portray to get their point of view.

“I take on the persona of that person and I make her alive again. I always get the documentation of them, their books that they’ve written, or books that someone has written about them who knows about their lives. Not something that someone has made up, or children’s books,” said Chapman.

Continuing in preparation, Chapman did research and found out that King’s wife wrote a book about him.

“I went to the library and I looked up books about Martin Luther King, and I found out Coretta Scott had written a book. I think it’s about 350 pages, so I got her book,” said Chapman.

During her performance, Chapman will be using Coretta Scott King’s words.

“I am actually using her words and using what she saw,” said Chapman.

The interactive re-enactment will last “45 minutes to an hour,” according to Chapman.

Attendees can expect to be “educated and entertained at the same time,” she said.  

“They’re going to learn stuff that they didn’t know about Martin Luther King. It’s giving them the facts; it’s also educating them about the time that he lived in from the time he was a child until he died,” said Chapman.

For more information about this event, visit www.rosevillelibrary.org or call (586) 445-5407. No registration is required.