WASHINGTON -- The words of J. Rosamond Johnson's Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing never sounded sweeter to musician/arts administrator James "Plunky" Branch than when he first saw the national memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King.
The Richmond arts icon immediately lifted his saxophone and launched an impromptu rendition, that he's now posted on YouTube. The tribute gained national headlines and coverage from waiting press.
Dedication of the memorial has been rescheduled for Oct. 16, after the original date was cancelled due to hurricane concerns. Branch will also recreate his Lift Ev'ry Voice at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner in late September.
WASHINGTON--The prospect of Hurricane Irene passing through Washington, D.C. on Sunday has caused Harry Jackson, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation to announce that Sunday's dedication will be rescheduled to a later date.
WASHINGTON -- Be prepared to walk to the opening of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The Memorial will officially open to the public on Monday, August 22, 2011 at the intersection of West Basin Drive SW and Independence Avenue SW
WASHINGTON -- Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Jr., George Lucas, Jamie Foxx and Clarence Avant will serve as celebrity co-chairs for the Dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Come to the Water, a film, exhibit and book presentation of the African-American experience in San Francisco over the past 200 years, takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 in Pier One as part of the San Francisco Maritime Day. observing the 150th anniversary of the Port of San Francisco.
John William Templeton will sign copies of his books Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco and Cakewalk: an historical novel about the unsung creators of jazz and present the exhibition Gold Rush Abolitionists: the California Movement to Emancipation along with documentaries from ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage educational network such as The King Behind King, Bridges, Chavez and Mandela and Leidesdorff: A Man Without Boundaries.
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