What: Check out a weekend of events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The sixth annual “Lift Every Voice” concert features some of the finest young vocalists from the region, including the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis and the Singing Sensations Youth Choir from Baltimore.
The weekend begins with a keynote address by Donna Hill Staton, Maryland State Board of Education, who will speak on the theme “Protecting Our Children, Protecting Our Future.” Following her address will be a panel discussion featuring area K-12 students and educators, who will explore issues and challenges present in today’s schools. The discussion will be moderated by Ford Rowan, expert in crisis management and conflict resolution. Seminars for Dr. King’s “Where Do We Go from Here?” speech, will be co-led by faculty from St. John’s and Sojourner Douglass College.
Where: St. John’s College ~ 60 College Avenue Annapolis, MD 21401
When: Saturday and Sunday on January 12 & 13, 2013
Who: The local and statewide community is invited to this spirited, uplifting concert, and to take part in seminars in which participants discuss a reading relevant to human and civil rights. The events are free and open to the public. Registration is required click here and below is a listing for the schedule of weekend events:
Saturday, January 12, 2012:
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ~ Check-in and refreshments. Francis Scott Key Lobby.
9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. ~ A keynote address by Donna Hill Staton, Maryland State Board of Education in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium.
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ~ A panel discussion with area K-12 students and educators. The discussion will be moderated by Ford Rowan, expert in crisis management and conflict resolution in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Seminars on Dr. King’s “Where Do We Go from Here?” speech in the Mellon Hall classrooms.
Sunday, January 13, 2012:
4 p.m. ~ Sixth annual “Lift Every Voice” gospel concert, featuring the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis and the Singing Sensations Youth Choir from Baltimore. Whereas the doors open at 3 p.m. for the Francis Scott Key Auditorium.
St. John’s Treasurer Bronté Jones organized the first “Lift Every Voice” concert in 2008. More than 500 members of the community attended the performance last January. “While there are many events in Washington, D.C., and in Baltimore, it seemed appropriate for Annapolis to have an event that is free and open to all in our community,” says Jones.
Did you know? Donna Hill Staton’s long history of involvement with youth development initiatives includes coordinating attorney-mentoring programs with Baltimore City schools, the High School Mock Trial Program, and pro bono legal representation of children in need of assistance. In 2000, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record and has been recognized as a Woman of Achievement in Maryland History. Staton is a former deputy attorney general for Maryland and the first African American judge in Howard County.