Harper Lee attends 'Mockingbird' at school



Harper Lee attends'Mockingbird' at school
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Reclusive author Harper Lee attended a high school play based on her book, "To Kill a Mockingbird," on Wednesday, then met with students who appeared in the production.
The production brought together about 60 students from nearly all-white Mountain Brook High and all-black Fairfield High Preparatory School.
The 80-year-old Lee was invited as a special guest to be honored by education and arts officials. Famous for prizing her privacy, she rarely speaks to reporters, though she does occasionally meet with students. The author has not published another book since "Mockingbird," which remains a best-seller even decades after its publication in 1960.
Belafonte addressesstudents at university
FAIRBORN, Ohio -- Entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte implored college students to help shape the future during a two-hour talk that also included stories about the people who have influenced him. "You are responsible for this generation the way we were responsible for the last one," Belafonte said Wednesday at Wright State University. "So if you see things that are unacceptable, you have a responsibility to change them. Make a difference. If you don't, you have no one to blame but yourself."
Also in attendance was comedian Dave Chappelle, who lives nearby in the southwest Ohio village of Yellow Springs. Chappelle's mother, Yvonne Seon, is founding director of Wright State's Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center and introduced Belafonte to the audience.
Today's birthdays
Country singer Ray Price is 81. Country singer William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 68. Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is 63. Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh is 56. Actress Kirstie Alley is 56. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 55. Radio personality Howard Stern is 53. Broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour is 49. Rock singer Rob Zombie is 41. Rapper Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan) is 37.

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