Poitier to lead ‘MLK Speaks’ choir

The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Children’s Choir, founded and directed by Constance Poitier, will perform the music for the upcoming spoken word event entitled, “The Trumpet of Conscience: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks,” featuring some of Dr. King’s most powerful speeches performed by local youth.

The event will happen on Saturday, February 29 at 5 p.m., at Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ, 511 Fremont Ave., Daytona Beach, where Derrick Harris is the pastor.

Talented, popular

Poitier, a well-known singer and board-certified teacher, has worked since 1977 as a music or chorus teacher throughout public schools in Florida. She has organized choirs and gospel music workshops, and has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

She is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University and Crossroads Bible Institute.

The Daytona Times is the presenting sponsor of the event. 623 Management, Inc., a media-buying agency, and Daytona Beach Zone Three City Commissioner Quanita May are cosponsors.

Campbell Middle, B-CU

For the Saturday performance, two students from Daytona Beach’s Campbell Middle School, Demond Noelien and Yakira Moore, will perform King’s Selma, Ala., speech and “I Have A Dream,” respectively.

Daytona Times Publisher Charles W. Cherry II will perform “The Drum Major Instinct.”

“I’ve Been To The Mountaintop,” King’s last speech, will be performed by Elijah Hunt, a B-CU student. Local radio on-air personality Larry Steele will narrate.

Admission is free.

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