"This tribute concert provides a platform for people of all ages to not only be reminded of Dr. King's life and legacy, but to encourage us all to continue to fight for what's right no matter how tough the road ahead may look," said Senator Parker.
On Monday, hundreds of community residents joined State Senator Kevin Parker and the A Shared Dream Foundation for the 14th Annual "A Shared Dream tribute concert at Pilgrim Church in Bedford Stuyvesant. The concert featured gospel artist Jules Bartholomew & Judacamp and was hosted by WBLS Radio Personality Liz Black.
"It is a privilege to join in fellowship with members of the community to honor Dr. King," said Senator Parker. "This tribute concert provides a platform for people of all ages to not only be reminded of Dr. King's life and legacy, but to encourage us all to continue to fight for what's right no matter how tough the road ahead may look."
At the event, community members, religious leaders and government officials took the stage at the Renaissance Convention Center to honor Dr. King's life and legacy. In addition, an array of musical acts including Eleta McKay, Will Lugo, Drea d' Nur, the Brooklyn United Marching Band and Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy paid tribute to the Civil Right's icon with their performances.
A Shared Dream Foundation, founded by Senator Parker, is committed to upholding the legacy of Dr. King and his dream of a more equal and unified world through faith and compassion. For more than a decade, the "A Shared Dream" tribute has been attended by thousands of concertgoers from all across the city.
"Given the state of the nation around civil rights issues today, it's important to remember Dr. King's approach toward the civil rights movement: non-violent resistance," said the senator in previous years. "Non-violent resistance is not a passive ideology - standing up for our rights comes from an active perspective, a perspective that we must maintain to make meaningful strides toward great change."
"Resistance. Perseverance," he concluded. "That's what Dr. King did and stood for."