VOICES OF A DREAM ENSEMBLE
a Cappella Freedom and Protest Songs, Gospel and Spirituals
The Voices of a Dream (VOAD) Ensemble was formed in 2013 by Anthony Brown and Ouida Joi Cooper-Rodriguez for Dr. Brown's Our Eyes on the Prize: King's Dream Fifty Years On, an original program celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (1/1/1863), the centennial of Rosa Parks, the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement (2/4/1913), and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s immortal “I Have A Dream” speech delivered at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial (8/28/63). VOAD premiered on September 1, 2013 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco.
Our Eyes On the Prize: King’s Dream Fifty Years On tells the story of the aspirations and setbacks, the hopes, dreams and triumphs of the struggle for human rights in America up to the Age of Obama. tilizing a musical collage of spirituals, blues, protest songs, jazz and gospel to underscore and accompany excerpts of King’s “Dream” speech, the text of which provides the thematic inspiration for titles including “Exiles In Their Own Land,” “We Cannot Walk Alone,” “Righteousness Like a Mighty Stream,” “The Content of Their Character,” “A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood,” and “Bright Day of Justice.”
VOAD Members (l to r): Amikaeyla, Kenneth Kozi Arrington, James "JB" Brooks, Sharon D. Henderson, Terrie Odabi, Kristina Plott, Deborah Tisdale