Chattanooga Now 'To Martin With Love'

Chattanooga Now 'To Martin With Love'

Musical tribute, brunch precede M.L. King holiday

January 17th, 2013 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

The late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is shown in this Oct. 24, 1966 file photo.

The late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is...

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A musical tribute and brunch scheduled Sunday, Jan. 20, at Mocha Restaurant and Music Lounge will mark the 50th anniversary year of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

The afternoon of "moving musical and literary reflections," which coincides with the federal holiday marking King's birth, "aims to bring our community together to pay homage to the profound influence of Dr. King's words and actions," says a news release.

"To Martin With Love" is presented by The Creative Underground, a community arts initiative, in collaboration with Mocha owner Sharon Kelly. The buffet lunch will be prepared by Mocha's senior chef, Michael Sylman.

Shane Morrow, director of TCU, says the civil-rights movement incorporated jazz, folk, R&B and gospel, in effect using music that all ethnic backgrounds could relate to and be inspired by.

"Dr. King seemed to instinctively know that the civil-rights movement needed a soundtrack," Morrow says. "Every hero needs theme music."

King delivered his famous speech on Aug. 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the Great March on Washington, D.C. His call for racial equality and an end to discrimination "inspired an entire generation to take action," Morrow says.

Sunday's event is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mocha, 3116 Brainerd Road. Admission is $15.

For tickets, visit or call 402-0452.