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Press Release for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Performer Jasmine Guy Speaks at UNF Annual MLK Scholarship Luncheon

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 


Performer, director, writer and choreographer Jasmine Guy will be the guest speaker at the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Luncheon at noon Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Adam W. Herbert University Center Banquet Hall on the University of North Florida campus. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Guy will discuss “Making Your Own Different World.” 


Guy became a national sensation playing iconic southern belle Whitley Gilbert on “The Cosby Show”spinoff, “A Different World,” for which she won six consecutive NAACP Awards. Her other television roles include the mini-series “Queen with Halle Berry,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Anne Rice’s Feast of All Saints,” “The Boy Who Painted Christ Black” with Wesley Snipes, “NYPD Blue” and “Melrose Place” to name a few. On the big screen, Guy’s first film role was in Spike Lee’s “School Daze.” She co-starred with Eddie Murphy in “Harlem Nights”and also starred in several independent films including “Klash,” “Guinevere,” “Diamond Men” and “The Heart Specialist”with Zoe Saldana.  


In 2004, Guy wrote the critically acclaimed book “Evolution of a Revolutionary,”which is the story of Afeni Shakur, Black Panther and mother of slain rap artist Tupac Shakur. The book chronicles the rise and fall of Shakur’s life in an uplifting tale of resilience. She directed the timeless African-American classic “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. She also directed and choreographed the musical opera “I Dream,” a moving story of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., starring Quentin Darrington at the Alliance Theatre. 


It’s the culmination of these experiences that Guy loves to share with audiences all over America. “I have been fortunate to perform in many ‘different worlds,’ excuse the pun. My life is an adventure. Working with greatness is my biggest high. The creative mind intrigues me, teaches me and inspires me to be more than I ever thought I could be on my own.” 


Tickets for the luncheon are $30 for individuals, $500 for silver-level corporate tables (including a table for eight and table signage), and $1,000 for gold-level corporate tables (including a table for eight, table signage, preferred seating, recognition in the program and a special thank you from the podium during the luncheon).  


Tickets for the event, sponsored by the Intercultural Center for PEACE, can be purchased through the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878 or on line at . Free tickets are available to 125 UNF students (one per student with a valid UNF ID card) on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


For more information about this event, contact Chris Bender, Intercultural Center for PEACE at UNF, at (904) 620-2475 or at  


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.