The 2020 “Fulfilling the Dream” concert is the second annual event focused on bringing together musical and advocacy groups across Los Angeles to help celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, and to focus collective attention on the ongoing civil rights issues in Los Angeles. The concert will feature the Dr. King Mass Choir, a collection of singers from across Los Angeles, featured performances by several of the sponsoring ensembles, organ music by African American composers presented by John West on the Great Organs, speeches by leaders in the civil rights community, and an open discussion forum before and after the event led by social justice organizations. The primary goals of celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and inspiring action will be represented throughout the evening. This year’s event brings attention to continued racial injustices in the US and Los Angeles, and asks questions of the community as to how we can elevate discussions and engage in direct action to bring about change to these injustices. Voices from across the community will be represented.
Presented by First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and partners including Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Tonality, Black Lives Matter, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Los Angeles, VOX Femina, DLW Chorale, LA Choral Lab, C3LA, Top Shelf, Selah Gospel Choir, and John West, organist.
The Dr. King Mass Choir is a choir of several hundred people open to individual singers and vocal groups who would like to participate. All are welcome. Repertoire includes spirituals, Civil Rights anthems and other familiar music, all led by different members of the Southern California music community. Those interested in singing with the choir, please email Music Coordinator, Molly Pease (firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be a rehearsal from 2:00-4:00 on January 12th in the First Church sanctuary before the event, with a light dinner served after the rehearsal for Dr. King Mass Choir participants.