By Special to the Daily World
When tens of thousands of Americans converge on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Aug. 28, for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. national memorial, it will be a very proud moment for Morehouse College and thousands of her alumni.
King’s alma mater will mark the occasion with celebrations of its own. The world-renowned Morehouse College Glee Club has three performances during the week of the dedication including a pre-dedication performance on the National Mall. The 100-year-old choral group also will perform at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and at Constitution Hall.
The culminating event for the weekend is a memorial concert and tribute to King at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Morehouse alumnus and Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, will host it. The concert will feature “Timeless Voices” Eddie Levert, Dennis Edwards and Johnny Gill. Grammy Award-winner Stevie Wonder and Congressman John Conyers, (D- Mich.), will both receive the Presidential Renaissance Medallion of Merit for their roles in spearheading the effort to recognize King’s birthday as a national holiday.
Morehouse College events during the dedication weekend include Friday, Aug. 26: Glee Club performances and MLK: A Monumental Life, A Theatrical and Musical Presentation at Constitution Hall, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27: Mini-Concert, Martin Luther King Library, 901 G St. N.W., at noon (free and open to the public). Sunday Aug. 28: Pre-dedication Musical Tribute, West Potomac Park, 11 a.m. (free and open the public), and then a Memorial Concert and Tribute at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, 7 p.m. For tickets call 202-467-4600.