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Ruben Studdard performs for the 27th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Concert

Second season American Idol winner and Grammy nominee Ruben Studdard will perform on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at the 27th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert. This commemorative event is the brainchild of Curtis King and will be conducted by John Mark Tatum, Pat Kessee, and Clark Joseph. The Black Academy of Arts and Letters founded by King in 1977 and in its 32nd season of operation will host this magnificent celebration at the Myerson Symphony Center located at 2501 Flora Street in the Downtown Dallas Arts District.

This dynamic and inspiring tribute will begin at 7:30 p.m. and explores the contributions and impact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement had on the Nation. Visitors will have the privilege of enjoying astounding and powerful performances in music, dance, narration, and film.

Tickets for the event are $15, $20, and $30 and may be purchased at the Dallas Academy of Arts and Letter’s box office located at 650 South Griffin Street (at the corner of Canton and Akard) or by calling 214-743-2400. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Make note that the box office is closed every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Email Elisha at