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On Whose Shoulders We Stand

In celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Colleges welcomed Director of the Carole D. Fredericks Foundation Connie Fredericks-Malone to give a reading and performance of her work. The event, titled Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – On Whose Shoulders We Stand, took place on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room.

Fredericks-Malone performed her solo-act Alone with My Music. Her work has been influenced by the seminal writings of social justice leaders, including: King’s writings about “beloved community,” abolitionist Sojourner Truth’s speech “Ain’t I A Woman?” and Coretta Scott King’s introduction to King’s book “Strength to Love.” During her performance, she sang Precious Lord, famously remembered as King’s favorite song. She also sang several jazz standards by Nancy Wilson, Dakota Staton, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.

“Songs performed by these artists are loved by audiences of all ages. It is a thrill to perform them once again and to add my interpretation,” Fredericks-Malone says.

In her remarks, Fredericks-Malone discussed building a legacy from one’s personal family history. She also shared stories about her experiences as a black person in America.

Fredericks-Malone is the Managing Member of CDG Music Legacy. She has more than three decades of experience in visual and performing arts, communications, arts management and marketing. Her career in musical theatre began in the cabaret rooms and small jazz clubs of New York City. Since then, she has performed on TV, off-Broadway and in regional theatre.

Learn more about the Carole D. Fredericks Foundation here. For more information about the Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – On Whose Shoulders We Stand event contact ic@hws.edu or (315) 781-3319.

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