The Boston Globe | At NEC, a concert to pay tribute to Coretta Scott King, and to many, many others

Members of the Black Student Union sing the Black National Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at the 2020 annual Coretta Scott King concert

The Boston Globe's Bill Beuttler shares news about the Black Student Union's annual Coretta Scott King concert:

When New England Conservatory’s Black Student Union honors alumna Coretta Scott King with a concert Feb. 25, they’ll also be remembering “all the people we lost this year,” says Zoe Cagan, a classical flutist and chair of the BSU.

“A lot of the people who are affected the most [by the COVID pandemic] are Black and brown people, essential workers who have to go out there,” notes Cagan, 23, who is pursuing her master’s degree. “Then George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, all the other names from this year that weren’t as big as them but still we lost along the way. And then on top of that, this year was a year that we lost a lot of Black legends and figures like Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, Cicely Tyson, John Lewis, all of them. So this was like a really hard year for a lot of Black Americans.”

This is the fourth year that NEC has honored King, a 1954 graduate of the school who met her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., while studying in Boston. The hourlong event, “Continuation of a Dream: Requiem,” will be pre-recorded and streamed on Feb. 25.

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