Hundreds gather to celebrate MLK Day with music
Monday Jan. 20 is Martin Luther King Junior Day and to celebrate Doctor King's life and legacy, folks at the State Theatre in Traverse City took part in a special musical performance.
The show was called Freedom Sounds, and was put on by The Traverse City Human Rights Commission, Building Bridges with Music and the State Theatre.
The show was free to everyone and nearly 400 people were in attendance.
Reverend Daniel Richards, Father Wayne Dziekan, and Rabbi Chava Bahle opened the show up with prayers and introduced one of the headliners, singer and guitar player, Ray Kamalay.
Kamalay played multiple songs from the era of the Civil Rights Movement with popular artists like Bob Dylan, and Pete Seeger, along with a few American folk songs.
The Rodney Whitaker Quintet featuring Rockelle Fortin also performed, along with some readings by Traverse City Area High School students that were compiled by Rabbi Chava Bahle to honor the day.
Organizers say that celebrating Martin Luther King Junior Day with music that also helped shape the Civil Rights Movement is a unique and special thing that they hope to bring back to the area again.