"Let Freedom Ring!" Choir Celebrates Life, Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
December 6, 2011–This year, 140 students, faculty, and staff will participate in the “Let Freedom Ring!” Choir, which performs annually as part of concert celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. co-hosted by the university and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Choir, which also includes members of the greater Washington, D.C. community from multiple faith traditions and congregations, was founded in 2005.
As part of the Kennedy Center celebration, the Let Freedom Ring! Choir performs with an acclaimed musical artist during the concert, which is also part of the Kennedy Center’s program of daily free performances at the Millennium Stage. Past performing artists have included Roberta Flack (2003), Jessye Norman (2004), Aaron Neville (2005), Yolanda Adams (2006), Brian McKnight (2007), Denyce Graves (2008), Aretha Franklin (2009), and Patty LaBelle (2011). The Choir has sung with the celebrity artists since its beginning.
In January 2005 the “Let Freedom Ring!” Choir had the great honor of singing for President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, and the “Legacy of a Dream” award recipients, Secretary of State General Collin Powell and Mrs. Alma Powell. In 2010, the choir sang for President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama who took part in the celebration at the Kennedy Center.