Pictured: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who led the Civil Rights Movement by demonstrating the power of nonviolence and unity among people in spite of their difference in race, ethnicity and class. Dr. King's words and testament resonated with people globally and created a force that surpassed the struggles of the segregated Civil Rights era and still rings true today. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of peace gave hope for a better world.
Now, the world is experiencing a massive upheaval as civil unrest destroys countries and refugees migrate in the millions to escape the strife. Such was the case in Sierra Leone in 1991. In a West African refugee camp several musicians banded together to play songs of hope and faith. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars was born, and they now play some of the world's most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa's top touring and recording bands. Through music, they channeled a message of peace that continues to this day.
Please join us to hear this incredible band perform the uplifting and joyous music that gave hope to their fellow refugees, and spread throughout the world for all to enjoy.
WBGO on-air host Sheila Anderson will facilitate a Q&A with the artists after the performance.