Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Target in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, The Museum of African American History, The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and boston Cares come together ot present:
"A Day of Service and Celebration in Honor of
Rev. 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.
“The City of Boston is proud to be part of this Day of Service and Celebration in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s message of justice and peace is just as relevant today as it was during the Civil Rights Movement. What better way to honor this iconic civil rights leader, then by uniting communities through music, spoken word, history and volunteer service opportunities. I invite all Bostonians to join us in this celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
– Mayor Thomas M. Menino
Renowned poet, writer, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni will deliver the keynote speech. Nikki Giovanni is one of America’s most well known poets. Her first poetry volume, Black Feeling, Black Talk, was published in 1967 and she has continued to write and publish work for over forty years. Giovanni was born and raised in Ohio, received her bachelors degree from Fisk University and studied at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She is a prominent Professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she has been teaching since 1987. 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. These projects include creating quilts for the organization Room to Grow, fleece scarves and dental care kits for homeless shelters, flash cards and bookmarks for students at the Curley School, and Valentine’s Day cards for seniors. There will be two volunteer sessions; the first session will be from 10:00-12:30 pm and the second will be from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Registration will be available through the Boston Cares website, www.bostoncares.org and the City of Boston calendar section, www.cityofboston.gov/calendar. 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.
View 2011 Press Release