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

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

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

TBAAL Founder and President Curtis King says they are adapting to these trying times and not even allowing a pandemic to silence the music or the mission.

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“Before, we had a choir of 200 voices. Now we have 30 voices, but I’ll tell you, those 30 voices sound like 250 voices,” King enthused.

The concert is a mainstay of North Texas MLK celebrations, attracting top African-American artists from across the country. Music, a vehicle to maintain King’s message.

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

For King, the movement pushed him towards the arts. For 39 years, King and TBAAL produced the concert, using the music to reflect on history and the struggle for civil rights.

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“Like, ‘If you miss me in the back of the bus,’ or ‘Is my life wasted?’ 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 other surprises await guests as well. King asks everyone present to remain masked and socially distant in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall.

The concert is on Sunday January 16 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available.

And even after 39 years, King will probably be the most enthusiastic person in the room.

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“So when I sit and watch this, I’m so moved to know that as a little kid growing up in the state of Mississippi, I can make a contribution,” King shares. “So I’m so emotional, and that’s what I want to share with other young people.”

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

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