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36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Concert

Jan 16, 2016
On Saturday, January 16, 2016, the Cleveland Orchestra performed its 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday concert at Severance Hall.

The event included MLK Community Service Award presentations to citizens who have made positive social impacts in Cleveland, reflecting the spirit of Dr. King’s teachings of love, unity and non-violence.

The awards were presented by Mayor Frank Jackson, along with Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell, and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell.

The full Orchestra accompanied the voices of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus in performances of joyful and inspirational music.

Councilman Kevin Conwell and Mayor Frank G. Jackson with award recipient Jean Murrell Capers, former judge and first African-American member of Cleveland City Council. Capers, who's now 102 years old, is the oldest recipient in the award's history.

Councilman Conwell and Mayor Jackson with, Toussaint Miller, the youngest recipient in the history of the Community Service Awards. Miller, a 7th-grader at University School, was recognized for his musical and academic gifts.

The late Congressman Louis Stokes was honored posthumously. Councilman Conwell presented the award to Stokes' wife, Jay, and his daughter, Lori.

William C. Rieter