Add your voice to the MLK Day choir
One of the biggest thrills of my interfaith work has been participating in the choir for the 48th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. Assembled by Reverend Marilyn Gill, Executive Director for the Indiana Christian Leadership Conference (ICLC), the choir has performed each year at this event since the assassination of Dr. King in 1968. The ICLC is a chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference established by Dr. Martin Luther King during Civil Rights era.
It is interesting to note that when the SCLC was formed one of the basic tenets was that it be opened to people of all races, religions, and ethnic groups. The choir for the 49th Annual MLK Birthday Celebration is no different, in fact they were very gracious working with people like me with very little formal singing experience.
The opportunity to perform with this choir was absolutely awesome! I felt moved to my core and, if even for a fleeting moment, in touch with a movement to liberate the human spirit that has been marching on for millennia.
To participate in the choir you must agree to attend 3 rehearsals leading up to the celebration on MLK Day at St. John’s. The first practice is scheduled for Dec. 18, then on Jan. 8 and 10th from 7:00-8:30 pm at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church located at 1651 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue in Indianapolis. The final performance at the 49th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration is on Monday January 15th at 11am. I strongly encourage you to consider participating in this moving and life affirming celebration.