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Why it’s important to attend the choral celebration of MLK

ICLC celebrates 50th Year Commemorating the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Sunday, February 13 5:00-6:30 pm

St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church; 1651 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue, Indianapolis

Free

The 50th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Service of the INDIANA CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (ICLC) will kick-off with a public choral concert on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., from the sanctuary of the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church; 1651 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue, Indianapolis, IN. ICLC’s statewide choir consists of voices from across Indiana and Matthews Voices Street Choir of Indianapolis.

We asked Rev. Marilyn Gill, the driver behind this event, what are some reasons why we should attend this choral celebration.

The history behind the celebration. Dr. King had a long and rich friendship with Rev. Andrew J. Brown, pastor of St. John’s.

His appearances in Indianapolis were many before he was finally able to make his appearance “public” around 1958, when he would not be sought after and killed.  Because Dr.  Andrew Brown established St. John’s to become a “movement church” so to speak, many people were secretly notified when Dr. King would be here and some would come – some were still afraid and would not come.  When he came prior to 1958, his appearances in Indianapolis were many before he was finally able to make his appearance “public” around 1958, when he would not be sought after and killed.  Because Dr.  Andrew Brown established St. John’s to become a “movement church” so to speak, many people were secretly notified when Dr. King would be here and some would come – some were still afraid and would not come.  When he came prior to 1958, his whereabouts were only know to a few people of the “movement” 

ICLC, through the vision of its founder, Dr. Brown, and his close association with King, was one of a few organizations across the nation, and is believed to be the only organization in Indiana that celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King, on January 15, 1969, following the assassination of King, April 4, 1968.

The music!

There are more than 10 choirs being represented from around the state … I am excited about this concert. I can tell you that the songs will be “movement” songs, and old Spirituals which were sung during that time and served as the bridge that kept them all together.

Get in the spirit for January 21’s interfaith celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy.

ICLC's 50th celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King

Monday January 21, 10:00 am interfaith panel discussion; 11:00 am commemoration

St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church; 1651 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue, Indianapolis

Free


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