Internationally revered a cappella ensemble SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK have announced the release of a special tribute video featuring their song, “Give Love,” to honor the birthday and annual national holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, January 19, 2015. Sweet Honey, who celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2014, have used their art form and voices to defend civil rights, social justice, equality and freedom for all throughout their sterling career. The video was inspired by one of King’s most notable quotes, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the King holiday and the fifteenth year the holiday has been nationally recognized by all the States.
In a message encrypted in the video, Sweet Honey states, “In these current times of political unrest, social injustice and senseless violence throughout the world, we felt impelled to offer something special to honor his incredible life. His many poignant messages have touched and inspired us as artists, none which are more timely than his staunch beliefs in the power of love and non-violent civil protest. We dedicate our song and video, ‘Give Love,’ to his legacy and our belief in love of self, family, children, country, culture, history, truth, freedom, justice, equality, nature and most importantly, love of God and all things spiritual.”
Sweet Honey members featured on the recording included Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil and former member Ysaye Barnwell.
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