MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION WEEKEND, January 17-19: Two Concerts and Youth Day

The NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, and the

Resource Center for Nonviolence

Invite you to the


Two Concerts and Youth Day

A creative and musical celebration in the spirit of

the Courageous Leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela


Friday, January 17, 7:30p.m.

John McCutcheon In Concert

One of the most dynamic and iconic live performers in Folk Music, six-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon has a unique blend of stunning instrumental skills, incisive songwriting, and subtly seductive storytelling.

John’s latest recording highlights courage, current events and love. 22 Days pays homage to the “Cellist of Sarajevo,” who, in honor of 22 people killed by a bomb in a Bosnian breadline in 1992, played for 22 days in a row at the bombing site. The song Forgotten is inspired by Malala Yousafzai, targeted by the Taliban for her support of education for girls in Pakistan. Other songs are playful and insightful.

Tickets:  Sliding scale $18-35, available at or call 831-423-1626 for reservations.  Proceeds benefit the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
Saturday, January 18: 7:00p.m.

     Featuring local soloists and choirs:  An array of stirring and inspiring songs by prominent local Gospel choirs, featuring the Inner Light Choir, Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Choir, the Santa Cruz Community Choir, and others. Soloists include Valerie Joi, Dave “Woody” Wood, Janice Blume, Franklin Marshall and others TBA. Limited seating:  come early!

     Tickets: $10.00- 20 sliding scale, available at the Door. For more information:  831-429-2266Sponsored by NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch
Sunday, January 19: 2:00 – 5:00pm
“Youth Day”- free for youth of all ages: UCSC’s Rainbow

Theater performs Excerpts from “A Song for Coretta” A Free Performance, and Theater Workshop for Youth by UCSC’s Rainbow Theater. “A Song for Coretta” is a sharp, funny play about Coretta Scott King with wit, personality and life-affirming energy that has a lot to say to youth of all ages. A warm and infectious comedy, and a joyful and affectionate tribute to one of the great women of our time. Followed by a hands-on, empowering theater workshop for youth led by Rainbow Theater.


All events at the RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA

John McCutcheon Tickets available at or call 831-423-1626.

Gospel Night Tickets available at the Door or FMI: call 831-429-2266

Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence and the NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch

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