Brazeal Dennard Chorale to Headline Event Celebrating Diversity

On Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Portage Northern High School Auditorium, the City of Portage will sponsor an event that recognizes our community’s ongoing commitment to promote and celebrate diversity.  

The Brazeal Dennard Chorale will headline an event designed to bring focus upon our goal to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and Black History Month.  The Brazeal Dennard Chorale is an historic choral group dedicated to the preservation and performance of spiritual music that projects the African American experience and culture through music to its enthralled audiences.  From Detroit, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale is led by its Artistic Director, Alice McAllister Tillman.  “It is very exciting to have such a distinguished vocal chorale join us here in Portage to celebrate diversity in our community,” said City Manager Laurence Shaffer.

Local performers, Von and Fran Washington will perform a twenty-minute play titled, The Meeting, a fictitious but credible discussion between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  This powerful performance concentrates on the commitment of both to racial justice in America.  This performance will immediately precede the concert.

Portage’s own Romeo Phillips, PhD will be the master of ceremonies for the event. Both the concert and the performance are free to the public.  We hope you will attend and participate in this community celebration.