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An evening of rhythm and hope

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Diona Johnson sings Nina Simone's "Blackbird" at the "Rhythm & Hues" event Jan. 14 at Peace United Church Of Christ, part of the Twin Ports tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information see page A3. (Photo by Richard Thomas)2 / 11
David Hoffman sings Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”3 / 11
Images from the civil rights movements were projected on the screen during the performances. Above is Dr. King’s jailing booking mugshot with Dave Winchester on piano, Jessica Leung on saxophone and singer David Hoffman.4 / 11
Gary Boelhower recites the poem “Lady Freedom Among Us” by Rita Dove.5 / 11
Hilary Godard performs “Simple Song” from Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.”6 / 11
Rev. Richard Coleman sings with the St. Mark AME Choir.7 / 11
Rev. Richard Coleman8 / 11
Portia Johnson receives a gift in recognition of her lifetime work for civil rights.9 / 11
Solomon Witherspoon wrapped up the evening with contemporary soul music.10 / 11
Solomon Witherspoon and band.11 / 11

As part of the Twin Ports tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace United Church of Christ hosted an evening of music and poetry Jan. 14. "Rhythm and Hues" created a narrative about the ongoing struggle to build a just society.

The evening started with a community meal, then moved into a musical program divided into three parts: "We're a Long Way From Done," "We Need Faith, and We Have It" and "The Dream is Alive, Keep Working."

The program included poetry by Rita Dove and Langston Hughes and music by Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Thelonius Monk and Leonard Bernstein, as well as original music performed by the Rev. Richard Coleman with the St. Mark AME Choir, and Solomon Witherspoon with his band.