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50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.’s Death: UC Berkeley Tower Bells & Chorus Commemoration
Date Wednesday April 04
Time 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Event Type Concert/Show
Organizer/AuthorUC Berkeley Department of Music
Location Details
Sather Tower, UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley, CA 94720
Gospel Choir and Carillon (bells) to Commemorate 50 years Since Martin Luther King Jr.s Death

When: April 4, 2018 @ 12 p.m.

Place: Campanile (Sather Tower), UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley, CA 94720

Sponsor: Department of Music

The UC Berkeley Department of Music will honor the 50-year mark of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 2018 with performances by student carillonist (bells musician) Leslie Chan and the University Gospel Chorus directed by D. Mark Wilson.

Just after 12PM Pacific time the event will start with the tolling of 5.25-ton Great Bear Bell 39 times, once for each year off Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

The carillon and Gospel Chorus will then perform "Lift Ev'ry Voice & Sing" written by James Weldon Johnson and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson and "We Shall Overcome," which was derived from the hymn "I'll Overcome Some Day" by Charles Albert Tindley. Both songs were standards of the 1960’s Civil Right Movement that King Jr. helped to lead.

UC Berkeley will be joining with organizations across the world to remember MLK on April 4. The National Civil Rights Museum, The King Center, and City of Memphis are all holding events marking the anniversary of King’s assassination. The National Civil Rights Museum has also encouraged church and campus bells across the world to join them tolling 39 times.

The 50th anniversary of MLK’s death is just one of the events the UC Berkeley Campanile is hosting as the Carillon celebrates its centennial.

Event contact: concerts [at] berkeley.edu
Added to the calendar on Monday Apr 2nd, 2018 5:49 PM
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