In The Name of Love, the 14th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 2016 | EVENTS
January 17th
Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive
How long has this event been in Oakland? 14 years

In the Name of Love, Oakland’s Annual Musical Tribute to Dr. King, is proud to honor “The Civil Rights Movement through the Music of Nina Simone” highlighting four outstanding vocalists including Paula West, Patti Cathcart (Tuck and Patti), Terrance Kelly, and Rhiannon with Glen Pearson, piano; Marcus Shelby, bass; and Leon Joyce, Jr., drums. The powerful 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the 300-voice Living Jazz Children’s Project will also perform. The Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award will be presented by Mayor Libby Schaaf to an outstanding Oakland citizen.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
In the Name of Love supports the Living Jazz Children’s Project (a free music education project for Oakland public elementary schools) and promises to be a profound celebration of civil rights and an amazing evening of music.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
The tribute includes the 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; and the 300-voice Living Jazz Children’s Project backed up by the Oaktown Jazz Workshops. Archival footage of Dr. King’s will be interspersed throughout the evening, and the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award will be presented by Mayor Libby Schaaf to an Oakland citizen working tirelessly to make a difference. All these elements help to make this one of Oakland’s most significant events of the year.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
The artists, performers, speakers and award recipient all reflect the amazing diversity, talent and dynamic energy of Oakland.

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
“In the Name of Love” has been made possible through the generosity of
City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Walter and Elise Haas Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; California Arts Council; Alameda County Arts Commission; Clorox Company Foundation; Thomas J. Long Foundation; Zellerbach Family Foundation; See’s Candies; KRON 4; and KBLX.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The beautiful spirit & diversity of the people of Oakland.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
All proceeds from the 14th Annual Tribute will support the Living Jazz Children’s Project a free music education program provided by Living Jazz for Oakland public elementary schools with little or no access to the arts. Living Jazz believes that access to music education is a profound and necessary component of every child’s education and development.

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