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The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present Let Freedom Ring! featuring Vanessa Williams

1/15/2018 at 6:00 PM

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the free, ticketed musical tribute Let Freedom Ring! The annual program, part of the free daily performance series on the Millennium Stage, features Grammy® and Tony®–nominated performer Vanessa Williams and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.

Georgetown University will present the 16th Annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to Steve Park, Executive Director and Founder of Little Lights Urban Ministries. The annual award is given by Georgetown University to an international or local individual who exemplifies the spirit of Dr. King. Little Lights works with families living in the Potomac Gardens, Hopkins, and Benning Terrace public housing communities, providing a diverse range of programs focused on academic, spiritual, and economic empowerment, as well as racial justice.

Free tickets are required.
The line for the ticket giveaway will form on Monday, January 15 in the Hall of Nations, at the glass doors leading to the Grand Foyer. Patrons must be in line to receive tickets. Tickets will be distributed, up to two (2) per person, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are reserved seats. Limited seating availability. Seating will begin at 5:15 p.m. All patrons are asked to be seated by 5:40 p.m.

Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission.


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