Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and DAY ON

The YWCA is a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, which plans Gettysburg’s annual event to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

We Shall Overcome – A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 25, 2020      Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

Producer and Musical Director Damien Sneed’s career covers an incredible breadth of genres. He has conducted and collaborated major original works for Wynton Marsalis, regularly accompanies Jessye Norman, collaborated with Lawrence Brownlee, and has toured extensively with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and the Clark Sisters.

This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin, to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from “the Wiz”, Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day On

The YWCA is also the host site for the United Way of Adams County’s annual DAY ON of service, held each January on King’s birthday. Call Erin Messinger at 717-334-5809 for more information on how you can get involved.