More than 300 students from Portland’s elementary, middle and high schools will join the Kenya Hall Band in presenting “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around,” a musical tribute to King’s activism on the 50th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize. Tickets for the January 17th concert are available at www.porttix.com or Merrill Auditorium Box Office for $10 (advance purchase) or $15 (day of the concert).
An elementary school chorus with students from throughout the district will perform along with the Lincoln Middle School chorus, the King Middle School chorus and band ensemble and Kiana Sawyer, a soloist from Portland High School. The Pihcintu Multinational Chorus, which includes many girls in the Portland Public Schools, also will perform.
In the show’s opening, all of the elementary students will join Hall in singing “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around,” a song used by activists to give them the strength and solidarity to stand up for justice. King referred to the song in his Nobel acceptance speech.
After performances by each of the groups, King and Lincoln students will help lead the audience in singing “We Shall Overcome.” The Portland Public Schools is co-sponsoring the concert along with the city of Portland and the NAACP Portland Branch.