Joel Katz

Black History Month

Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Released

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, the Otis Redding Foundation has released “Show Love,” a song written and produced by some of their teenage students who attended the Otis Music Camp. The song is based on a sermon “Loving Your Enemies” which Dr. King delivered at Dexter Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL in 1957, and includes excerpts of the sermon. Dexter Baptist Church is designated a historic landmark with significant African American history since its opening in 1887. Much of Montgomery’s early civil rights activity, most famously the 1956 Bus Boycott, was directed by Dr. King from his office in the lower level of the church. “We are always proud of the students who participate in the music camps that the Otis Redding Foundation offers each year,” stated Karla Redding-Andrews, Vice-President, Executive Director.”   “This song was recorded during the 2020 pandemic in the virtual Otis Music Camp, OMC 2.0. It represents the love and respects these young people have for Dr. King during the height of the “pandemic,” a word they had never heard before.” The kids who wrote and performed “Show Love” are Sharina Cody, Daylen Clowers, Trevor Hudson, Ella Smith, Jayden Tolbert, and it was produced by Saxton Keitt, Isaac Gibson, and Reese Soul. “My husband believed in giving young people an opportunity to grow through music.  Our camps inspire them to write, perform, produce, and play instruments,” said Zelma Redding, Founder and President.  “We are excited about the new Otis Redding Center for the Arts which broke ground in Macon in September 2022.  We will be able to expand our programs and allow more young people to grow their musical talents.” Check out the song and lyric video which contains Martin Luther King Jr. speech excerpts...   The Otis Redding Foundation’s mission is to empower, enrich, and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing, and instrumentation. Each partnership and program sponsored since its, inception in 2007 supports the philanthropic commitment of Otis Redding to empower and enlighten all young people to fulfill their dreams. The Otis Redding Center for the Arts is scheduled to open this year.   [select-listicle listicle_id="792473" syndication_name="new-jersey-is-2023s-7th-best-state-to-raise-a-family" description="yes"]