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Sweet Honey in the Rock performs in Woolsey Hall Jan. 15

January 10, 2012
(Photo courtesy of Sweet Honey in the Rock)

The internationally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform a free concert as part of Yale’s annual campus-wide celebration of the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The concert will take place Sunday, January 15, at 3 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets). The concert is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required; the doors will open at 2:30 pm. Donations will be collected for the American Refugee Committee and Christian Community Action. 

Woolsey Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities, and the show will be sign language interpreted.

Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 (with Mie, Carol Maillard, and Louise Robinson) at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey in the Rock is rooted in a deeply-held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions.

Yale’s celebration of the work of Martin Luther King Jr. has a long tradition, dating back to 1964 when the University presented him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. The citation read: “As your eloquence has kindled the nation’s sense of outrage, so your steadfast refusal to countenance violence in resistance to injustice has heightened our sense of national shame. When outrage and shame together shall one day have vindicated the promise of legal, social, and economic opportunity for all citizens, the gratitude of peoples everywhere and of generations of Americans yet unborn will echo our admiration.”

The Yale Peabody Museum (170 Whitney Avenue, corner of Sachem) will host numerous musical performances, in addition to storytelling and other events, in honor of the holiday. Click HERE for a schedule of events.

The Sweet Honey in the Rock concert and Yale Peabody Museum celebrations are part of a series of Yale and community events in honor of Martin Luther King. Click HERE for information on other events around campus.