State Senator Kevin Parker, WBLS Radio Personality Liz Black, Gospel Musician Ricky Dillard and Board Chair of A Shared Dream Foundation Tani Chambers (183380)
Credit: Cali York Photography

On Monday, more than one thousand families joined State Senator Kevin Parker for his 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert in conjunction with the A Shared Dream Foundation. The event, held at The Walt Whitman Theater located at Brooklyn College, featured gospel musician, producer and songwriter Ricky Dillard and WBLS Radio Personality, Liz Black.

In addition, the event featured an array of musical acts including community groups such as the Brooklyn United Marching Band, Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, IET Band and Dave James. For the past 11 years, A Shared Dream has been attended by thousands of concertgoers from across the five boroughs. Parker, the Founder of A Shared Dream Foundation which produces the event, was joined on stage by community, religious, and political leaders to reflect upon, and pay tribute to, Dr. King’s life and legacy.

“Every year, I look forward to bringing the community together to celebrate Dr. Kings life and accomplishments on behalf of people of color. Just as important, I want everyone gathered to remember that we have much more work to do to achieve equal justice, and that they leave the concert full of love and on a mission to continue Dr. Kings work” said Parker.

The event was made possible by the generous contributions of Time Warner, Health First, CUNY, Cablevision, and REBNY. Community included Aces Beer and Soda Inc., Silver Crust Restaurant, and Alex Van Lines.