THE 16th Annual Musical Tribute
honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sunday, January 14th, 2018, 7pm- Oakland Scottish Rite Center



Nicolas Bearde, Kim Nalley, Tiffany Austin, Amikaeyla Gaston and Jessica Lá Rel

with Tammy Hall, piano; Marcus Shelby, bass; Allison Miller, drums; Adam Theis, horns; Terrence Brewer, guitar

Mistress of Ceremony: Dana King

Congresswoman Barbara Lee presenter of the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award to Ms. Wendy Jackson, Executive Director of the East Oakland Community Project


“IN THE NAME OF LOVE”: THE ANNUAL MUSICAL TRIBUTE HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. is an extensive civic and cultural event bringing our diverse community together to honor, through music, the inspirational teachings of the great Dr. King. Now in its 16th season, “In the Name of Love” remains Oakland’s only non-denominational musical tribute to Dr. King. The event showcases locally and internationally known performing artists, children from Oakland public elementary schools, archival footage of Dr. King, and the presentation of the “Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award” presented to an outstanding Oakland citizen.

Performers have included such notable artists as Mavis Staples, Jennifer Holliday, Ledisi, Goapele, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Gospel Hummingbirds, and many others. 

The MLK Tribute also serves as the final showcase for the Living Jazz Children's Project, a free music education program that Living Jazz provides completely free of charge to Title One Oakland public elementary schools. Serving 300 2-4th graders under the musical direction of Terrence Kelly and accompanist Ben Heveroh and backed up by OSA students under the direction of Dave Ellis, the LJCP opens the show with material written exclusively for this event. The 55-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, under the musical direction of Terrance Kelly, follows with a soulfully stirring set of spirituals and gospel tunes. Our Mistress of Ceremonies will be the illustrious Dana King.

“In the Name of Love” has cultivated partnerships with local musicians and arts organizations, social justice activists, religious and political leaders, public school educators and students, the business community, and others. It was developed in direct response to a need in the Oakland community for a musical celebration that brought the community together to honor one of history’s most important African American civil rights leaders.  

All proceeds benefit the Living Jazz Children's Project.

An overview of the 15th Annual MLK Tribute, featuring performances by The Living Jazz Children's Project, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Kenny Washington, Terrie Odabi, Will Russ, Jr., Destani Wolf, Luq Frank with Tammy Hall, piano; Marcus Shelby, bass; Sly Randolph, drums; John Santos, percussion; Teo Avery, sax.

2015 Annual Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., Celebrating Creative Achievements of Bay Area African American Female Musicians. Featuring Ms. Faye Carol, Linda Tillery, gina Breedlove, Melanie DeMore.

In The Name of Love: The Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Living Jazz Program 2014 tribute featuring: Martin Luther McCoy Marcus Shelby Orchestra, featuring Ms. Faye Carol Premiering a new commission supported by EBCF Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Terrance Kelly, Director Oakland Children's Community Choir, Melanie DeMore, Director Backed up by Oaktown Jazz Workshops Nikki Thomas, KBLX- Emcee