(L-R) Bishop Orlando Findlayter, A Shared Dream Foundation Treasurer Donna Myrie, gospel artist Vashawn Mitchell, WBLS personality Liz Black and State Senator Kevin Parker (230477)
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On Martin Luther King Day, more than 2000 New York City residents joined State Sen. Kevin Parker (D, WF) for his 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert, in conjunction with the A Shared Dream Foundation. The event, held at the Walt Whitman Theatre located at Brooklyn College, is one of the largest King holiday celebrations in New York City, and this year’s tribute featured award-winning gospel musician Vashawn Mitchell and was hosted by WBLS radio personality Liz Black.

Community advocates and religious and political leaders took the stage to reflect on and pay tribute to Dr. King’s life and legacy. In addition, the event featured an array of musical acts, including community groups such as the Brooklyn United Marching Band, Ifetayo Cultural Group and gospel singers Latice Crawford, James Hall, Mike Willis & The Called and Dave James. For the past 12 years, the event has been attended by thousands of concertgoers from across the five boroughs.

“For 13 years I have hosted and then partnered with A Shared Dream Foundation to produce this event, and every year I feel honored that so many people attend to pay homage to the life and legacy of the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Parker. As people of color, we have a duty to continue seeking equal justice and fulfilling Dr. King’s mission.”

This event was made possible by the generous contributions of Spectrum, Metro Plus, The Junction BID, CON EDSION, SHARE-NY and REBNY.