Celebration of Change, the “Official” Gospel Inaugural Concert, is on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, 7:00 p.m. Tickets are reasonably priced at $35 & $40, and are available through Ticketmaster (800# or online at ticketmaster.com). Proceeds will be donated to the MLK Memorial Foundation.
Grammy Awarding winning Gospel artists John P. Kee & Hezekiah Walker will headline this spectacular event, along with a slate of Gospel and R& B notables including Regina Belle, Men of Standard, Kim Burrell, Ami Rushes, Angelo and Veronica, and Maranda Curtison. If that’s not enough, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Ben Carson and Jamie Foster Brown of “Sister To Sister” Magazine will be on hand to pay tribute to Civil Rights legends Dr. Dorothy Height & Rev. Walter Fauntroy.
Celebration Of Change, will reflect upon the historical past and present that has propelled toward the positive future that lies ahead. The who’s who of Gospel, along with noted leaders and community activists will come together for an uplifting and riveting night filled with powerful messages in word and song. This historical event is one that should not be missed.
About the legendary Civil Rights Honorees:
Now over four decades after witnessing the March On Washington where Dr. King delivered the famous “I Have A Dream” speech, civil pioneers Dr. Dorothy Height and Rev. Walter Fauntroy will see the dream realized, as the first African-American US President Barack Obama, takes office.
Dr. Dorothy Height has dedicated more than half a century to the struggle for equality and human rights. As president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), she served as the unwavering voice to millions as she tirelessly spoke out on issues affecting women worldwide. During the civil rights movement, Dorothy Height was the only female among the Big Six, a small group of the movement’s most powerful leaders, including Dr. King. And, in 1963, Dr. Height stood on the platform with Dr. King as he delivered the famous “I Have A Dream” speech at The March On Washington. Dr. Height’s remarkable life story is captured in her autobiography, Open Wide The Freedom Gates: A Memoir.
Rev. Walter Fauntroy was appointed by Dr. King., as the Director of the Washington Bureau of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), where he served for 11 years. There, Fauntroy served as D.C. Coordinator of the Historic 1963 March on Washington where Dr. King delivered the “I Have A Dream” speech, and coordinator of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March as well as the 1966 Meredith Mississippi Freedom March. President Lydon B. Johnson appointed him Vice Chairman of the White House Conference on Civil Rights in 1966 and Vice Chairman of the D.C. City Council in 1967. His political career was heightened further when in 1971 Fauntroy became Washington, DC’s first representative in Congress in almost a century.