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NIH Salutes Martin Luther King, Jr.

NIH's annual King Commemoration Program was held on Jan. 10 in the Natcher Conference Center. The internationally renowned Morgan State University Singers (l), presented a concert dedicated to the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., under the direction of Dr. Nathan Carter (below, r). Other highlights of the event, which was emceed by NINDS deputy director Dr. Audrey Penn, included remarks by NIH deputy director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein and NICHD deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox. "Long before his birthday was made a national holiday -- in fact, since the year after his assassination -- NIH has formally honored" the life and work of the slain civil rights leader, said Kirschstein. The program was transmitted live to NIH facilities in Baltimore and North Carolina.

"Glory, Glory Hallelujah!"
The Morgan State University Singers -- a small ensemble of the 150-voice university choir -- gave a concert that began with a processional arrangement of "Lift Every Voice and Sing". The concert included classical, gospel, and contemporary music that spanned several decades. In a finale that brought the audience to its feet, several soloists led the group in a dramatic arrangement of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

"Let My People Go."
The litany, read responsively each year at the King Commemoration Program, was led by Dana Kelley of the Clinical Center and Rosemary Pettis of NIDA. Sandy Mitchell (far right) provided sign language interpretation for the reading. Pictured in the background is presiding officer Penn.

Attendees enjoyed refreshments in the atrium of the Natcher Conference Center.




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