The UNC community will commemorate influential civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a compilation of song, dance and poetry at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center’s annual program entitled “He was a Poem, He was a Song.”
Dr. King’s life and legacy will be celebrated through these media as a public event held Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. with performances by the Just Dance Academy dance troupe, the UNC Gospel Choir, UNC’s Ebony’s Readers Onyx Theater and local high school student groups.
UNC Gospel Choir President Lael Clark and members Shelby Miles and Jordan Thomas have expressed their excitement about being able to use their vocal abilities to honor Dr. King. The group has spent hours in preparation for the event in the hopes that their performance will use music to share Dr. King’s story.
Clark shared that the approximately 60-member choir’s mission is to worship the Lord through song and spread the gospel in a genuine way. She noted that religion was a large part of Dr. King’s life and should be incorporated in the celebration of his legacy.
“When thinking about the history of the Civil Rights Movement, a lot of the meetings took place in churches and were led by preachers and other community figure heads,” Clark said. "The belief that God was going to deliver his people from this issue of inequality was a common and unifying one. It is imperative to reference and give thanks to God when commemorating Dr. King – and we, the UNC Gospel Choir, intend to do just that.”