Times sponsors Black History event

BY THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

The Daytona Times is the presenting sponsor of a spoken word event entitled, “The Trumpet of Conscience: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks,” featuring five of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most powerful speeches, and relevant music.

The date, time, and place? Saturday, Feb. 29 at 5 p.m., at Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ, 511 Fremont Ave., Daytona Beach, where Pastor Derrick Harris presides.

Master’s Domain is also the site of two other Black History Month events.

A “Holiness Heritage Celebration” featuring Pentecostal churches in the Central Florida area is set for Feb. 16.

The Raymond Young production of “Escape!! The Underground Railroad” happens on Feb. 22. For more info, call 386-589-4991.

Youth to be Featured

“The Trumpet of Conscience” is the brainchild of Daytona Times Publisher Charles W. Cherry II.

“For years in the 1990s, we performed Dr. King’s speeches when I lived in Fort Lauderdale,” Cherry said. “The idea is very simple. The best way to understand someone is to listen to what they say. Dr. King left a treasure trove of speeches and writings dating from his time as a Morehouse College student.

“The best way to understand him is to listen to his voice. Add narration and some gospel music between the speeches, and it’s a real live experience.”

Community Effort

According to Cherry, the Fort Lauderdale performances were well-received.

“We used elementary and high school students, ministers, and others to perform the speeches at the Dillard High School gym right after the annual march. We used local choirs for musical support. It saved our local MLK Committee thousands of dollars because they didn’t have to pay for a venue or a big-name speaker to come in and tell us what we already knew about Dr. King.”

None of the performers in Fort Lauderdale ever got paid, Cherry said.

“It was a privilege to perform some of Dr. King’s other dynamic speeches, especially when the only one most people ever heard was ‘I Have A Dream.’ And the money the MLK Committee saved went to scholarships for local kids,” Cherry explained.

Campbell Middle, B-CU

For the Feb. 29 performance, two students from Campbell Middle School will perform King’s Selma, Ala., speech and “I Have A Dream.” Cherry himself will perform “The Drum Major Instinct,” King’s last regular Sunday morning sermon at his home church, Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta. King was murdered in Memphis, Tenn., exactly one month later.

“Letter from Birmingham Jail” and “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” will be performed by two Bethune-Cookman University students. Music will be provided by the Master’s Domain choir.

Admission is free.

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