Martin Luther King Jr. died almost 47 years ago. The pastor, activist, humanitarian, and advocate for nonviolent civil disobedience remains as relevant and galvanizing as he was then — an oft-quoted and misunderstood figure of America’s most turbulent times. It is 2015, and not much has really changed. Rampant inequality continues on all fronts of the civil rights movement, and younger, complacent generations are getting watered-down versions of facts, further creating an understanding gap. We must work to bridge those gaps, both generational and racial. Music is the great equalizer and, as such, a great glue to strengthen the resolve of like-minded people. As part of the City of Hollywood’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will perform a salute to Frank Sinatra with the Broward College Jazz Combo. Murphy knows struggle, hunger, and luck. The 40-year-old might’ve “made it” on America’s Got Talent, but the plucky singer earned his keep. His rich, personal story is in line with the dream Dr. King had, and there couldn’t be a better pairing for this celebration of the indomitable nature of the human spirit.
Murphy’s salute to Frank Sinatra with his Big Band will be performed with the Broward College Jazz Combo at 8 p.m. Saturday at ArtsParks at the Young Circle Amphitheater, 1 N. Young Circle, Hollywood. Admission is free. Call 954-921-3500, or visit hollywoodfl.org.
Sat., Jan. 17, 2015