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.
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.