On Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, Rep. Barbara Lee will present the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award to Clarissa Doutherd, executive director of Parent Voices Oakland, for her outstanding work on behalf of the Oakland community at “In the Name of Love,” the 18th Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an extensive civic and cultural event that pays homage through music, to one of the greatest humanitarians of our time.
The theme of this year’s tribute is “A Change is Gonna Come” highlighting five outstanding vocalists: Tony Lindsay, Tiffany Austin, Clif Payne, Tammi Brown and Raz Kennedy along with an exciting backup band including Frank Martin on piano, Troy Lampkins on bass, Ruthie Price on drums, and Shelley Doty on guitar.
These outstanding musicians have each individually made a tremendous impact on the Bay Area cultural scene, and the 2020 program will bring them together onto the stage for the first time to rekindle Dr. King’s powerful and unifying teachings.
The tribute will also serve as a platform for a one-time exciting collective, creative experience meant to inspire hope, celebrate Oakland’s cultural history and highlight the power of music to spur positive change. The tribute will also include the 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; and the 300-voice Living Jazz Children’s Project backed up by winners of Jazz Search West 2020, another Living Jazz program. Dana King, American broadcast journalist and sculptor,will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
Living Jazz, an Oakland based non-profit and producers of the MLK tribute, originally created this award to acknowledge those who give of themselves beyond the call of duty and to inspire others to work for the betterment of the community. The recipient is chosen with the help of Oakland’s Department of Human Services, and in the spirit of Dr. King’s tireless efforts, is presented annually at “In the Name of Love,” the annual musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Doutherd is the executive director of Parent Voices Oakland, an East Bay chapter of Parent Voices California. She comes to the organization with over a decade of experience working for grassroots, non-profit organizations. Doutherd discovered her passion for child care advocacy when she lost a much needed child care subsidy for her then 3-year-old son, Xavier.
Doutherd has been a strong advocate for mothers like herself who were caught in the crosshairs of ineffective public policy. In addition to supporting Parent Voices’ statewide campaigns, she has worked to decrease the number of mothers in Oakland waitlisted for childcare subsidies.
As a collaborative movement builder, Doutherd has forged deep partnerships with large local government agencies including the County Social Services Agency, Public Health, and Behavioral Health Services.
After stepping into leadership as the co-chair on the Early Childhood Policy Committee with First 5 of Alameda County, Doutherd led efforts to refocus the group to become a cross sector collaborative which brings together community based organizations, parents and service providers to advance innovative strategies for county-wide systems change; and works to elevate parent leadership in public policy. Doutherd is the recipient of the prestigious Gloria Steinem “Woman of Vision” award, and currently sits on the steering committee for the Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council, the 18th Assembly District Education Advisory Committee, and the Alameda County-Oakland Community Partnership Board for the City of Oakland. Doutherd resides in Oakland with Xavier who is now 9 years old.
“In the Name of Love,” Oakland’s only non-denominational musical tribute to Dr. King, is the perfect platform in which to honor Doutherd, this year’s recipient of the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award and a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge a member from our own community helping to inspire change and positive contribution.
It will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 – 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA. Tickets: $25-$60 adv., door $30-$65; discounts for children 12 and under
Tix and info: livingjazz.org/mlktribute or call 510-858-5313