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  • Writer's pictureKrystal Morin

Becoming King

Join me and Boston Children's Chorus on January 16th for their signature concert as BCC singers reflect on Dr. King’s life, his formative years, and transformation into the most recognized Civil Rights icon.

BCC presents, “Becoming King,” the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert. The performance will take place on January 16, 2023 at 4:00pm ET at Boston’s Symphony Hall and will showcase music and spoken word to honor Dr King, who dedicated his life to fighting for racial justice and equality. BCC youth singers, along with season partner Zakiyyah, and special guest artists Renese King and Mariama White-Hammond, share music that underscores Dr. King’s upbringing and experience, and reflects on his teachings, many still so relevant today.

The concert will feature stirring music by legendary musicians such as Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Craig Hella-Johnson, Mark Hayes, and more, this performance remembers the legacy of Dr. King with a moving and uplifting artistic experience.

"Now is the time, to make real the promise of democracy. Now is the time to make brotherhood a reality. Now is the time.” Dr. King said in the 1963 Freedom March on Boston Common.

In 1951, Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived in Boston, MA to study philosophy and ethics at Boston University. In Boston, he studied, was mentored, and led crowds of people in marches for freedom. Here, he became Dr. King. He also met his future wife, Coretta Scott King, who was studying opera at the New England Conservatory. During his time in Boston, he preached, he taught, he learned, and he loved. It is here where he would develop into the leader we know and recognize today, and leave an indelible mark on our beloved city and the movement towards racial justice.

Part of honoring Dr. King’s legacy is making sure it is not oversimplified or forgotten. Now, as we look into the future, and new challenges arise, we must remain vigilant in not only realizing our dreams, but expanding them to honor the realities we face today. As we remember Dr. King, let us honor his legacy in entirety, and actually speak truth to power.

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