McLean Community Center’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Features Blues Musician, Author and Lecturer Daryl Davis

Robin Around Town, Art & Culture

The McLean Community Center (MCC) has expanded its Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration over the weekend this year by offering two events featuring musician and race relations expert Daryl Davis. The Daryl Davis Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, in The Alden Theatre and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, Davis will return to The Alden to speak on his experiences confronting Ku Klux Klansman on their racist beliefs. Tickets to Friday’s concert are $30/$20 for MCC district residents. Tickets to Sunday’s event are $10/$5 for MCC district residents. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

MCC Director Daniel Singh said, “Our anchor staff members have been instrumental in celebrating the legacy of Dr. King for over 15 years at our center. In many ways, their pioneering work anticipated the trajectory of awareness and need for dialogue around our country’s troubled founding and current systemic disparities around race. Our MLK celebrations also closely align with our board of directors’ commitment to diversity in the McLean community. Our work also brings to life the vision of Fairfax County’s One Fairfax Policy. I hope the community will join us to commemorate Dr. King’s life work and continue the conversation on how we can be advocates for his dream.”

Davis is a boogie-woogie pianist who has played with the likes of B. B. King, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. On Friday, he and his band will kick off MCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with an evening of R&B and blues. This is the music that opened the door for Klansmen to befriend Davis, a Black man, and eventually, hang up their robes. “Davis’ piano work impresses with his winning combination of technique and abandon, and his vocals are strong and assured – black rock’n’roll lives!” — Living Blues Magazine

On Sunday, Davis will share his captivating journey to untangle racism, one civil conversation at a time. He was playing in a country band when he met and became friends with a Ku Klux Klan member. Over the last 30 years, he has continued to befriend Klansmen and collect their robes after they leave the organization. He is the author of “Klan-Destine Relationships,” a book that details his encounters. “The man has earned his right to preach.” — Bruce Martin, News Entertainment Editor, Ann Arbor News.For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mcleancenter.org.


About McLean Community Center

McLean Community Center offers a continuing program of activities for adults and children, including a wide range of classes, lectures, study tours, camps, art exhibits, theatre performances, and specialty shows. The Center also sponsors major community activities such as McLean Day at Lewinsville Park in May and the 4th of July Fireworks at Langley High School.

The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days in advance of the event.

To request this information in an alternate format, call 711. 

www.mcleancenter.org