“In the Name of Love” Musical Tribute to Dr. King

Living Jazz, (formerly Rhythmic Concepts, Inc.) will present “In the Name of Love”, the 10th annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., on Sunday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.
Headliner Mavis Staples was a part of the legendary group the Staple Singers.  During the 1960’s, a decade before they became known on the pop and R&B charts with such hits as “Respect Yourself”,  “I’ll Take you There”, and “Let’s Do It Again”, the Staple Singers were a family gospel quartet that mixed protest songs into their performances.  
In the Sixties after hearing Martin Luther King preach in Montgomery, Alabama, the group decided to devote as much time as possible to the civil rights movement. Often singing before Dr. King would speak, they marched with him in Georgia, Arkansas and Mississippi.  
Mavis Staples began writing “freedom songs” for the group to perform, including “Freedom Highway” and “Why Am I Treated so Bad”, which was the civil rights leader’s favorite. In the Seventies the Staples Singers began to have a string of Pop and R&B hits.
Also on the lineup is the group Poplyfe, who is a leader among the new generation of gifted musicians and artists emerging from Oakland. They are ready to carry on the Bay Area’s history of delivering new styles of music and artistry to the entertainment industry.
The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir consists of 55 singers and 4 musicians, representing a multi-racial, multi-cultural, interfaith community of diversity.
Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks is the leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs in the country.
All  told, Youth Speaks works with 45,000 teens per year in the Bay Area alone, and has helped create partner programs in 47 cities across the United States.
 The Oakland Children’s Community Choir is a music education project offered  completely free of charge by Living Jazz to Oakland elementary schools with little or no access to the arts.
Over 275 children from Glenview and Cleveland elementary schools participated this season in a four-month music education and performance project under the Musical Direction of Melanie DeMore and accompanist Ben Heveroh. These schools were selected because of the diversity of their students and the lack of funding for cultural programming.
The event will also feature historic footage of Dr. King. Congresswoman Barbara Lee will present the annual Oakland Humanitarian Award.
“In the Name of Love” takes place Sunday at 7 p.m., at the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway in Oakland. For more information and tickets, visit, www.mlktribute.com

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