Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.


Contact:   For Immediate Release    

Terri Allen

 (301) 203-0929 (Phone);

(301) 203-4405 (Fax)

Longstanding Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Poetry, Spoken Word, Song and Dance Marks its Seventeenth Year in the Nation’s Capitol  Annual Poetry Extravaganza MLK program continues literary tradition while bringing some of the most talented artisans to the public in a spectacular showcase of talent. Commemorates 50th anniversary of March on Washington.

(WASHINGTON, DC – Sunday, January 19, 2013) The literary celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Poetry Extravaganza, conveyed through the spoken and written word by some of DC’s most powerful, positive, and provocative poets and performers will take place from 1 to 4 pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. (Great Hall), NW, Washington, DC, Saturday, January 19 2013.  

Over twenty poets, musicians and artisans from throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will present original works and the works of well-known contemporary and historic poets and artists. This event commemorates the legacy of Dr. King and the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.  

Spectators will enjoy works by event hosts Collective Voices comprising of Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford, Sylvia Dianne “Lady Di” Beverly and Andre “Brenardo” Taylor and featuring performances by Patrick Washington, Kavon Ward and Ross “Mosaic” Cooper, The Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, Benjamin Sands, Sydney March soprano, Karen Wiggs-Wilbanks and others, while Exec. Dir., DCCAH, Lionell Thomas, and Exec. Dir., PGAHC, Rhonda Dallas, will offer welcome remarks. WHUR radio host and on-air personality, Jacquie Gales Webb, serves as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The recognition of this year’s “Poet of Distinction,” is nationally renowned poet, author, lecturer, literary activist and educator, E. Ethelbert Miller. The free-to-the-community event followed by a reception is presented in part by CAAPA (Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts) and the MLK, Jr. Memorial Library, in tribute to Dr. King and his vision for a world of equality, justice and peace. The media can participate in the “Poetry Extravaganza 2013” program by airing audio and video public service announcements.  For more information, or to arrange an interview, call C.A.A.P.A. at (301) 203-0929 or Sistah Joy, Founder of Collective Voices at 202.246.0111


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