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Spirit Everlasting: A Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Join DEMASKUS Theater Collective, special friends, and featured guest Calesta Day as we lovingly celebrate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the indomitable Spirit that dwells within us. It has been said that Dr. King carried one book on his person daily, Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited. Through this presentation, Collective members will read portions from Thurman’s classic text that reminds us that “God is on the side of the oppressed,” and highlight the alignment of his teachings with Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches as well as some of his more well-known words. Local and national artists will collaborate to create a soulful presentation framed by beautiful music meant to heal, encourage us to live in wholeness, and remind us of our capacity to continue loving even when our backs remain against the wall. This special presentation will premiere at 1:00p on Facebook and YouTube.
Filming by Emmai Alaquiva and Ya Momz House. This program is a part of AWAACC’s B.U.I.L.D. Residency program made possible with support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
Participating artists are scheduled to include: Dwayne Fulton, Amanda Van Story Lewis, Shaunda Erikka, Karla C. Payne, Lisha Logan, Parriss Johnson, Patrice Wade Johnson, Charles E. Timbers, Jr., Lorenzo Boone, Peter Lawson Jones, Okema T. Moore, Arif Vega with friends Jonathan Royal and Charlie Vox.
Calesta “Callie” Day is from Atlanta, Georgia. Although she’s a classically trained opera singer who sings other genres, Callie is an educator, artist, vocalist, and voice instructor. She is a multi-talented and gifted woman of God with a range of vocal abilities. Her anointed style, production, and spiritual perception have made her one of the most dynamic and compelling talents.Callie also wears many hats: a soloist/performer with the American Spiritual Ensemble.Her vocal rendition of Moses Hogan’s “Hear My Prayer” has taken the internet by storm and has made Callie an internet phenomenon. Mrs. Day’s music is currently available on all digital networks and has placed her #9 and #24 on Billboard Magazine’s Gospel and Classical music charts.