McLean Community Center’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 Celebration Features Blues Musician, Author and Speaker Daryl Davis

The McLean Community Center (MCC) expanded its celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day over the weekend of this year by offering two events featuring musician and race relations expert Daryl Davis. The Daryl Davis Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 14 at the Alden Theater and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, Davis will return to The Alden to talk about his experiences facing the Ku Klux Klansman over their racist beliefs. . Tickets for Friday’s concert are $ 30 / $ 20 for MCC district residents. Tickets for Sunday’s event are $ 10 / $ 5 for MCC district residents. The MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

MCC Director Daniel Singh said, “Our anchor staff have been instrumental in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy for over 15 years at our center. In many ways, their pioneering work anticipated the trajectory of awareness and the need for dialogue around the troubled foundation of our country and the current systemic disparities around race. Our MLK celebrations also align closely with our board commitment to diversity in the McLean community. Our work also brings to life the vision of Fairfax County One Fairfax Policy. I hope the community will join us in commemorating Dr King’s lifelong work and continuing the conversation about how we can defend his dream.

Davis is a boogie-woogie pianist who has performed with BB King, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis. On Friday, he and his band will kick off MCC’s Dr Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with an evening of R&B and blues. It was music that opened the door for Klan men to befriend Davis, a black man, and ultimately hang up their dresses. “Davis’s piano work impresses with its winning combination of technique and surrender, and his voice is strong and confident – black rock and roll lives on! “- The Living Blues Magazine

On Sunday, Davis will share his captivating journey to unravel racism, one civil conversation at a time. He was playing in a country band when he met and befriended a member of the Ku Klux Klan. For the past 30 years, he has continued to befriend the men of the Klan and collect their robes after they leave the organization. He is the author of “Klan-Destine Relationships”, a book which details his meetings. “Man has earned his right to preach. – Bruce Martin, News Entertainment editor, Ann Arbor News. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mcleancenter.org.


About the McLean Community Center

The McLean Community Center offers an ongoing program of activities for adults and children, including a wide range of classes, lectures, study tours, camps, art exhibitions, theatrical performances and specialty performances. . The Center also sponsors important community events such as McLean Day at Lewinsville Park in May and the Fourth of July fireworks at Langley High School.

The McLean Community Center, an agency of the Fairfax County government, is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days before the event.

To request this information in another format, call 711.

www.mcleancenter.org

Jill E. Washington