Rhythmic Concepts, Inc., with the generous support of Target Corporation, will present In the Name of Love, the 8th Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Oakland's only non-denominational musical tribute honoring Dr. King. Since its debut in 2003, this program has become one of Oakland's most prominent civic and cultural events, bringing our diverse community together to celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest humanitarians of our time. This year's event promises to be a profound celebration of civil rights, with an incredible evening of music and celebration.
"In the Name of Love" features both local and national talent, children from our Oakland public schools, archival footage of Dr. King shown on a larger than life screen, and the presentation of the "City of Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award", given to an outstanding member of our community working to make a difference. Each year, 1,400 adults, elders, children and families, from extremely diverse backgrounds, come together to share in the inspiration of Dr. King's teachings, through the joy of music. All of these elements help make "In the Name of Love" one of the most memorable and soulful events of the year.
Our illustrious emcee for the evening will be Brian Copeland, the multitalented comedian, writer, television host and radio talk show host and author of Not a Genuine Black Man.
This year's amazing line-up includes Ledisi, one of the country's most gifted rising stars, the John Santos Sextet featuring vocalists Kimiko Joy and Orlando Torriente; the powerful 60-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; and the Oakland Children's Community Choir under the musical direction of Melanie DeMore with over 200 children from our Oakland elementary schools, backed up by Khalil Shaheed's Oaktown Jazz Workshops.
Archival footage of Dr. King's powerful oratories will be shown throughout the evening and the Citizen Of Oakland Humanitarian Award, chosen in conjunction with the Oakland Department of Human Services, will be presented to an individual who has given back to the community in extraordinary ways.