Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Community Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Playhouse

Photos by David Vita
Director of Social Justice/Director of Membership
The Unitarian Church in Westport

Hundreds gathered at the Playhouse on Sunday, January 17th for the 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, organized in partnership with TEAM Westport, the Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston, and the Playhouse.

This inspirational event was highlighted by a stirring keynote address by Dr. Marilyn Ward Ford, a Quinnipiac University Law professor and the secretary of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a civil rights organization founded by Dr. King in 1957. As part of Dr. Ford's presentation, students from Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull delivered a theatrical reading of Dr. King's landmark "I Have a Dream" speech.

Choral renditions of civil rights anthems were performed throughout the afternoon by the Staples High School Orphenians and the Serendipity Chorale  The presentation ended in song as the Serendipity Chorale performed Pete Seeger's arrangement of "We Shall Overcome," as the audience and participants locked arms in solidarity.

Dr. Marilyn Ward Ford delivers a stirring keynote speech on the history of race relations and the Civil Rights movement, as well as her assessment on America's present state of inequality.

Luke Rosenberg directs the Staples High School Orphenians in renditions of Down in the Valley to Pray and Shenandoah.

Clayton Farris, Kiara Rosario, Devon Slattery and Sarah Williams - all students at Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull - take a bow after delivering a theatrical version of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Gigi Van Dyke of the Serendipty Chorale leads the award-winning multi-cultural musical group in song.

The Serendipity Chorale perform Steal Away, Total Praise and We Shall Overcome.

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