So happy I was able to visit The King Center for a special tribute honoring the late Yolanda Denise King’s 60th birthday. This wonderful event took place at the Freedom Hall Auditorium on Saturday, November 14 and included many sentimental selections performed by some of Ms. King’s favorite entertainers and friends.
In her memory, the tribute provided guest to reminiscence while exposing others to a taste of TKC’s Cultural Affairs Program that she developed and nurtured during her lifetime. Special performances and tributes included Jonathan Slocumb, Milkshake Mayfield, Theresa Hightower, Ballethnic Dance Company, Ted Lange & Donna Biscoe (co-emcees), Dr. Bernice A. King, Dexter S. King, Martin Luther King, III and Juandalyn Abernathy, daughter of Civil Rights activist Ralph David Abernathy.
I had one more stop to make that evening. My dear friend lost his mother and I needed to make my way across town to show my support. Really hate I wasn’t able to stay for the program… but here’s a few pics I snapped of wonderful moments shared by friends and family.
Special thanks to Valerie Harris for the invite!
About Yolanda D. King
Yolanda D. King is the eldest child of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She graduated, with honors, from New York University with a Master’s in Fine Arts. In 1982 she heeded her mother’s call and returned to Atlanta to establish the Cultural Affairs Department of The King Center. As Director of Cultural Affairs, Ms. King was charged with utilizing the arts to promote nonviolent social change. Under her leadership, TKC produced a number of edutainment events designed to educate and entertain. These programs included but were not limited to: an annual entertainment tribute to MLK, Jr. held in January as a part of the King Holiday Observance; KINGFEST, a summer-long performance and visual arts festival that exposed the local community to national artists while providing a high profile platform for local artists; KINGFEST International, which highlighted art and culture from around the world; Kid’s Day at KINGFEST when all of the performing and visual art was provided by children and youth; a Nonviolent Film Festival, which taught visual literacy; and the Dream Team, a theatrical team that produced and performed humorous vignettes on topics of local, national and international concern.