A World Arts Foundation, Inc. is proud to produce its 20th consecutive tribute to a great American. The famed program will return to its roots and inaugurate the newly dedicated Robert Grady Ford Auditorium on the campus of Jefferson High School Center for the Performing Arts.
This program continues to be recognized locally and nationally as one of the finest community-based celebrations in the U.S. In its 20 years of commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Keep Alive the Dream" a humbly attempts to give voice to common citizens and acknowledge the struggle for civil rights and human dignity.
"Keep Alive the Dream" reminds us all, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did so eloquently and so powerfully, that "we are all bound together in a single garment of destiny. The setbacks of September 11, 2001, remind us that "What affects one, affects us all", and that "a Freedom is never free". The indomitable spirit of the American people must keep their own dreams alive by being ever the more responsible and active in the pursuit of justice and hard-won freedom and democracy.
Invited artists include: Gospel choirs from Seattle, Eugene, Japanese Taiko Drummers, African drummers, Portland Philharmonic Choir, Irish dancers, Latin musicians, and other artists. Invited speakers include: Oregon's Governor, Portland's mayor, civic and religious leaders, educators, school board members, and other distinguished individuals.
Lifetime Achievement Awards will acknowledge community persons who have given the greater Portland metropolitan community a higher quality of life through exemplary service. This year's program also will feature a special Theatrical excerpt from the play For Colored Girls Only with members of its original cast and a 20th Anniversary Gospel Re-union Choir under the direction of Dorothy Davis, Darlene Warren and executive producer Mr. Ken Berry.
The entire seven-hour program will be simulcast on KBOO Radio (90.7 FM), Portland Public Schools Television Services and Jefferson High Television (Channel 28).Â Donation consists of $3.00 donation or three cans of non-perishable food to be given to local food banks. Local vendors will again offer a full range of art, jewelry, specialty clothing, educational materials, and services in International Exhibition Area.
Sponsors include: Portland Public Schools; Portland Association of Teachers; Killingsworth Little Chapel of Chimes; SAFECO Corporation; Oregon Education Association; Providence Health System; Portland Community College; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Portland General Electric; African American Chamber of Commerce; KBOO Radio; and Portland Community Media.
Celebration begins at noon until 7:00 pm and asks just a donation of $5.00 or three cans of food. Go to the link provided for a list of performers and speakers.