WHAT: National Day of Racial Healing Concert, featuring Lizz Wright. With special guest Alexey Marti and Master of Ceremonies Hal Clark
WHEN: Tuesday, January 16th. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert 7 p.m.
WHERE: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, New Orleans
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Foundation for Louisiana (FFL), in collaboration with our local New Orleans partners in the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort, is excited to announce that award-winning jazz and gospel artist Lizz Wright will perform a free concert Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, to celebrate the National Day of Racial Healing, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans’ historic Armstrong Park. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities to call for racial healing, bring people together in their shared humanity and take action together to create a more just and equitable world. NDORH is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT effort – a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
This free event, which will also feature local guest performers and speakers, celebrates the official launch of FFL’s TRHT work in New Orleans, and is in partnership with the Ashé Cultural Arts Center and the City of New Orleans. A formal press conference for the event and the TRHT launch will be held January 12th at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and the final lineup will be announced shortly. Ms. Wright’s concert is part of her national TRHT promotional tour, and her celebrated song “Painted Sky (Don’t Give Up on Us)” serves as the anthem for the NDORH.
“We are fortunate to have a talented performer with such a demonstrated commitment to racial justice in Lizz Wright,” said FFL President and CEO Flozell Daniels, Jr. “Foundation for Louisiana’s founding was deeply rooted in the belief that racial equity and inclusion represent the best opportunity to strengthen Louisiana’s communities and people, and our work continues to reflect that belief.”
Watch the video for “Painted Sky (Don’t Give Up on Us)” below.