Arlington celebrated Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life and legacy on Sunday, January 19, 5-6:30 p.m. at Wakefield High School through the story of the four young students from the Arlington’s Halls Hill neighborhood who entered Stratford Junior High School in 1959 and became the first students to desegregate a public school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 2020 MLK Tribute program focused on their journey: when they learn they will be the first African Americans to integrate a school in Virginia and into their first day of school, while simultaneously following Dr. King’s fight for equality during the same time period. Held annually since 1968, Arlington’s MLK Tribute strives to bring the community together and uphold Dr. King’s vision for social equality.
The program was produced in partnership with Encore Stage & Studio's Flip the Script production:
Selected scenes from "The Day Nothing Happened"
Written by Dawn A. Douglas
With Jada Ayanda, Kylen Davis, Madaline Langston, Bryce Gastelum, Ryely Q. Rodgers, Valeria Peterson, Yahney Marie Sangaré, Elliyah Thompson, Sage Ware, and Taylor Welch
Flip the Script is a project of Encore Stage & Studio and made possible in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities and Arlington County through Arlington Cultural Affairs.
Kimberly D. Gordon
Kimberly Gordon is a gifted vocalist whose mission is to uplift, encourage, and inspire all those who encounter her heartfelt renditions of gospel, jazz, classical, and inspirational music.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she has enjoyed singing throughout the DC metro area for over 25 years, and has nurtured a full-time music career as a soloist, recording artist, vocal coach, choir director, and workshop clinician. She is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, and currently serves on the music director team at Heritage Fellowship Church in Reston, VA.
Kimberly gets great joy, and dedicates much of her life, being an agent of inspiration, love, unity, and healing through the Power of Music!!!
Kailah is a Junior at Wakefield HS. She attends St. John’s Baptist church and dances in the Praise Dance Ministry. Kailah is a company member of Chris Collins Dance Studios (CCDS) in Alexandria. In her dance career Kailah has received numerous dance scholarships from On-Point, Starbound, Beyond the Stars Competitions and within CCDS dance company. She has completed Level 5 of her certifications for the Cecchetti style of Ballet. Kailah sees dance as an outlet to express herself. In addition to her dance talents, Kailah is also a very talented singer.
Kim B. Miller
Kim is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, NY. She is an author, motivational speaker and a spoken word artist.
She facilitates workshops for authors and artists. She also mentored middle school students in DC on creating and achieving goals. She also taught students how to write poetry and how to “present” their poems.
This spoken word artist loves writing and “spittin”. She wants you to feel her heart in each piece. Her poetry is her heart expressed in words: opinionated, thought provoking and real.
She has been the featured poet in several venues, churches and programs in: VA, MD, DC, PA and NY. She has written three spoken word books.
Isaiah Terell Grice
Isaiah Is a junior attending Wakefield High School in Arlington. He dances at Urban Artistry’s Dance Academy and also Chris Collins Dance Studios. In 2017, he participated in a dance from Urban Artistry on Good Morning Washington.
The Four is a family group that was destined to happen. The Four is from a family of singers that stems back many generations. Charles Bynum III, Indasha Amira Bynum, Dominique Hall Bynum and Tyrus Crews Pincham are The Four. They are siblings, cousins and God siblings. All four began singing in their church choir at the age of two (2) – St. John’s Baptist Church and Lomax AME Zion Church both located in Arlington, VA.
The Four enjoyed singing first of all with their entire family. It was and still is common during family gatherings that the family will strike up a tune and from that, creative melodies flow freely. The Four has blended harmonies and created arrangements that filled the atmosphere which brought great joy to their family.
Not only did each member participate in their various church choirs, they also sang in their high school choirs, All County Choir for Fairfax and Prince Georges County, College Choirs (Morehouse Glee Club and Delaware State Gospel Choir) and the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel and much more.
Charles Bynum III, is a self-taught event planner and worked on the national level of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, as the event planner and various other positions. He is currently the head of overnight operations at one of DC’s luxury Hotels. He loves to sing an arrange music.
Indasha Amira Bynum, a graduate of Strayer University and currently with Eagle Technologies, Inc., a government contractor and a trustee in training at her church. Indasha enjoys singing, cooking, shopping, and providing videography services.
Dominique Hall Bynum, the poet, and rising senior at Towson University, is a Sociology Major with a minor in Music Industry. Dominque has a special anointing with writing poetry and music. She has an undeniable heart for singing and helping others.
Tyrus Crews Pincham, the athlete, is a rising junior at Morgan State University majoring in Chemistry. He enjoys singing, playing baseball, football and plays the saxophone and African Drum. He has a passion and love for science.
The Four enjoys all genres of music. They believe that their God given gift is to sing, and that the uniting of The Four, was in God’s plan.