College Honors Wonder and Conyers in Morehouse Concert and Tribute to King
By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
(Oct. 17, 2011) North Bethesda, Maryland – The sweet vibes of songs from as far back as the 1960s filled the concert hall of the Music Center at Strathmore in suburban Washington, D.C. on Oct. 14 during the Morehouse College Concert and Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. ’48.
It was all in honor of King and those who have worked to lift the legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning civil rights legend.
“It always means a lot when the institution that dad and I attended does something in his honor,” said Martin Luther King III ‘79. “Tributes like these are helping inspire a new generation of leaders.”
Former congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and music icon Stevie Wonder we’ve both presented with the Presidential Renaissance Medallion from the College for their efforts to make the federal Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday a reality.
“This is a validation of all of the energy, the struggle, the resources, the commitment, the good days and those not so good, that went into accomplishing a public holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Conyers, who’s grandson attends Morehouse. “I’m so pleased to be here with all of you as we begin to recognize and continue to reignite the passion for justice as King did.”
Wonder performed three songs, including the King Holiday anthem, “Happy Birthday.”
“We could see the vision of the King holiday, the vision of the King monument and now we must have a vision for the future,” said Wonder, who’s son is a sophomore at Morehouse. “Faith is seeing the vision of the America that is part of the dream that Dr. King left behind. We must have faith for that vision of his dream and not get distracted along the way.”
The concert hall crowd was then treated with the sounds of Timeless Voices, which consists of Eddie Levert, Dennis Edwards and Johnny Gill.
Each had the crowd singing and swaying to their hit songs, some dating back to the 1960s.
But Gill said the event was something extra special for each performer.
“I have been honored to be part of this event,” he said after the show. “Dr. King’s work has brought us this far, but there’s still more to do. We hope and pray everyone can stand and work together along with those who are taking advantage of that great Morehouse education who are going to be on the forefront of continuing to carry on King’s legacy and opening the doors for generations to come.”
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