MLK Celebration at Berklee with India.Arie


Berklee hosts its fourth annual MLK Celebration Series, engaging the Berklee community and the public in celebration and discussion of furthering the work of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Featured guest artist India.Arie will perform a short set of her incredible music that will both heal and empower the community.



This event aims to embolden activists and demonstrate what it means to mobilize, educate, and elevate the work celebrated through the life and legacy of Dr. King. “Now, more than ever, there is the need for the performing arts and its ability to both create solidarity, and challenge people all over the world to love oneself and neighbor,” said Joshua Crary, Berklee’s diversity programs advisor and event coordinator.



Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Berklee trustee, Harvard professor, and prolific activist, will deliver the keynote address and share the stage with Bill Pierce, chair of Berklee’s Woodwind Department, who will also perform. Following the performance, the Bill Pierce MLK Scholarship will be awarded to the 2017 recipient. All of this will be supported by the talents and leadership of Berklee students.



India.Arie  is an American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer. An accomplished artist, he has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations, including Best R&B Album and Best Urban/Alternative Album.



The 2017 MLK Celebration: Mobilize, Educate, Elevate takes place at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, on Friday, February 3, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance, $12 on the day of show, and tickets can be purchased at or at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office. For more information, visit