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Gospel star headlines MLK Legacy Concert
Vanessa Bell Armstrong pays tribute to MLK at Knight Theater on Jan. 20
 
Published Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:30 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

It’s that time a year again when Charlotte honors Martin Luther King Jr. The third annual MLK Legacy Concert is Jan. 20 at the Knight Theater at 7:30 p.m.

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Vanessa Bell Armstrong will perform with the Charlotte Christian School of Dance and the Legacy Concert Choir at the third annual MLK Legacy Concert Jan. 20 at Knight Theater. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Stellar Award-winning gospel singer and Broadway actress Vanessa Bell Armstrong will perform along with Charlotte Christian School of Dance and the Legacy Concert Choir.

Armstrong said she is honored to be a part of the annual event.

“King did a wonderful job to get me where I am today, as a black person to be out here in the forefront and be able to minister,” she said. “He fought the way, and went before us…. I don’t think I could have made it back then.”

Armstrong has performed at several events honoring King over the years, many times at the request of his family in Atlanta.

“They call me to represent, and I try my best to do just that,” she said. “It’s an honor.”

Armstrong recalls the day King was assassinated.

“I was so hurt, I was crying,” she said. “We were just blown away. We just kept watching it on TV… It was just like 9-11 because it was so unbelievable. You just keep watching and thinking that’s a movie. But it’s not. It’s reality.”

Sunday’s tribute will include music, narration and dance reflecting King and the civil rights movement in America.

“I (asked) God to not just let it be another concert,” said Armstrong. “I ask that it will be something more than just music and that it will fulfill people’s needs. Let it touch them. Let it strengthen them and set them free.”

A portion of proceeds will go to benefit the Elwood-Edna Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing and reducing childhood obesity and promoting healthy living for youth in the Charlotte area.

“This entire experience gives me such great joy to see that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream is still alive and his legacy does continue,” said Legacy Concert Committee Chair Denise Moses. “His dream was for all people to be treated equal… We need to work toward a common goal together and make this world better for all. “

For tickets, call The Blumenthal Box Office at (704) 372-1000.

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