Few people who have walked this earth are more deserving of annual celebrations, tributes, parades and concert extravaganzas than civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. After featuring American Idol veterans Fantasia Barrino and Ruben Studdard in recent years, the planners behind The Black Academy of Arts and Letter's 28th Annual Black Music and The Civil Rights Movement Concert took a bit of a different approach to booking this year's annual tribute to King, who was born January 15, 1929. Sunday's two-hour event will feature Grammy-winning R&B/soul singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele as well as Ledisi, whose last two albums full of funky hip-hop-, soul- and jazz-infused numbers were both nominated for Grammys. The event's focus is on King and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, while celebrating "a new nationwide spirit of continuance change." The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets are $20 to $35. For ticket information, call 214-743-2400 or visit tbaal.org. Or, if you don't mind paying a few dollars in service fees, just visit ticketmaster.com.
Sun., Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2011