The Black Academy of Arts And Letters’ MLK Concert Returns for 39th Year – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – On Sunday 16 January, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters will once again bring a majestic choir on stage to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just as they have been doing for nearly four decades.

TBAAL founder and president Curtis King says they are adapting to these challenging times and they are not even allowing a pandemic to dampen the music or the mission.

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“We used to have a 200-voice choir. Now we have 30 votes, but I want to tell you, those 30 votes sound like 250 votes, ”said an enthusiastic king.

The concert is a cornerstone of North Texas MLK festivals, attracting the greatest African-American artists from across the country. The music, a tool to perpetuate King’s message.

“As a child growing up in the Mississippi in the south listening to music as King marched down Highway 51, at one end you will hear people singing ‘Oh, I know I’m a child of God’ and when they came close to you, you were part of it, “King recalls.” People came from the cotton fields and stood on the highway because they wanted to be part of that movement. “

For King, the movement pushed him toward art. For 39 years, King and TBAAL have been producing the concert and using music to reflect on the history and struggle for civil rights.

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“Like, ‘If you miss me at the back of the bus,’ or ‘Is my life alive in vain?’ We think about the work we have done and we say to ourselves, ‘is the work in vain?’ No it is not!”

Kim Burrell is this year’s featured artist, and there are other surprises in store for guests as well. King asks everyone in attendance to remain masked and socially distanced in Morton H. Meyerson’s Symphony Hall.

The concert is on Sunday 16 January at 7.30 pm and tickets are still available.

And even after 39 years, King is likely to be the most enthusiastic person in the hall.

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“So when I sit down and when I see it, I’m so moved to know that as a little kid growing up in the state of Mississippi, I’m able to make a contribution,” King says. “So I’m so moved by it, and that’s what I want to share with other young people.”

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