Arts & Culture

Celebration in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


 The Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, the Museum of African American History and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) will present a free tribute concert in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 17, 2011, at 1:00pm at Faneuil Hall.  The program will feature a moving selection of classical music, spirituals and freedom songs performed by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program, conducted by Marta Zurad.  

Renowned poet, writer, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni will deliver the keynote speech.  Nikki Giovanni is one of America’s most well known poets.  In addition, a distinguished roster of leaders will read from some of Dr. King’s most memorable writings and speeches.  This roster includes Rena Clark, Partner at GenNx360 Capital Partners, Phillip Clay the Chancellor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and The Honorable Roderick Ireland, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

In keeping with the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, the City of Boston and Boston Cares are organizing a service event at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain on Monday, January 17, 2011.  Hundreds of volunteers will be given the opportunity to choose from various service projects. There will be two volunteer sessions; the first session will be from 10:00-12:30 p.m and the second will be from 1:00-3:30 p.m.  Registration will be available through the Boston Cares website, and the City of Boston calendar section,  This is a family friendly event.

Music, spoken word, history and a day of service create an exquisite memorial to one of the world’s most beloved freedom fighters.

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