TBAAL To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With Full Weekend of Programs, Jan. 12-January 14, 2018

Top Quote The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, along with its 35th Annual Black Music and The Civil Rights Movement Concert, is hosting a weekend of events in Dallas, Texas to celebrate the national holiday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 28, 2017 - DALLAS, TEXAS – The spotlight shines on Dallas when The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., (TBAAL) presents a full weekend of programs to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on his national birthday celebration. From Friday morning through Sunday evening, January 12-14, 2018, TBAAL is offering programs for students, a reception to celebrate an Emmy Award, the live King Concert at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall and a post-concert reception.

    The weekend festivities kick off Friday morning with an educational mini-student performance of the 35th Annual Emmy Award-Winning Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert. On Saturday, well-wishers will pack TBAAL for a reception acknowledging the recent Lone Star Emmy Award for the institutions live television performance of the 34th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert, which featured actor Malik Yoba and vocalists B. SladeTM, Bilal and Earnest Pugh.

    On Friday and Saturday evening, national comedian Aida Rodriguez performs her live show on the Clarence Muse Café Theatre stage. The American born comedian of Puerto Rican/Dominican descent, was a top-ten finalist in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and is making an encore performance at TBAAL.

    The weekend highlight is the 35th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert that features TBAAL’s 200-voice recording concert choir and two back-by-popular-demand national artists/singers, B. SladeTM and Rahsaan Patterson. The concert takes place at the Downtown Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center where there also will be a be a special presentation to TBAAL by the family of famed actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

    "After 34 years, this King holiday weekend is going to be one of the most memorable moments in The Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ history", said Curtis King. TBAAL founder/president of TBAAL and the creator/producer of the concert. "Winning an Emmy is certainly icing on the cake and validates the artistic merit of our continuance work in the performing arts. It's a perfect nod to encourage our spirit and mission."

    The TBAAL JANUARY 2018 weekend celebration include:
    • Friday, 12th Student Educational performance, 10 AM, TBAAL Naomi Bruton Mainstage, $5; 1309 Canton Street, Dallas, TX 75201

    • Friday, 12th and Saturday, 13th, Downtown Dallas Comedy featuring national Comedian, Aida Rodriguez, 9pm, $15; Clarence Muse Café Theatre, 1309 Canton Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

    • Saturday, 13th Emmy Award Celebration Reception, 7 PM. Free to the public, business casual attire; TBAAL, 1309 Canton Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

    • Sunday, 14th Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert, Symphony Center, 7:30 PM. $15, $25 and $35; Downtown Dallas Morton H. Meyerson, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. There will be reception at TBAAL following concert.

    For more information, call TBAAL box office 214-743-2400 and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit tbaal.org.

    Celebrating 41 seasons, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc. (TBAAL) is a Dallas, TX-based not-for-profit multi-disciplined arts institution. TBAAL’s mission is to create and enhance an awareness and understanding of artistic, cultural, and aesthetic differences utilizing the framework of African-American Arts and Letters and to promote, foster, cultivate, perpetuate and preserve the Arts and Letters of the African, Caribbean and African-American experience in the Fine, Literary, Visual, Performing and Cinematic Arts.

    The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. 2017-2018 41st Season programs are supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, CBS-11/TXA-21, Urban Radio-Dallas, Evans Engraving and Toyota. Media partners: The Dallas Weekly, The Downtown Business News, I-MessengerNews.com, The Garland Journal, Texas Metro News, DFWBam.com, Dallas Black Business Directory, Dallas Gospel Connection, The Dallas Examiner, The Post Tribune, The North Dallas Gazette, Southern Dallas Business & Living Magazine and Tarrant County Commercial Record.

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