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Sharon Ephran’s powerful vocals slice through the ballad, “Old Ship of Zion,” and Rev. Armond W. Brown, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church of Oak Cliff, leads a jubilant “Look Where God Has Brought Us” and a tender take on “Old Rugged Cross.” Pat Kessee, whose biggest moment in the limelight was as a vocalist on the 1973 movie soundtrack “Book of Numbers,” turns in a bluesy rendition of the Caravans’ 1958 gem, “Mary, Don’t You Weep.” Sterlena Taylor, Barbara Sims and organist Jimmy Wyatt join forces for the harmonious ballad, “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross.” Ms. Kitt purred and sang her way through four of the songs including, “America The Beautiful” and Dion’s `60s classic “Abraham, Martin and John.” She delivered a smoky rendition of Billie Holliday’s “God Bless the Child” and created a spirited, nearly seven-minute rendition of Frank Sinatra’s signature tune “My Way” as homage to Dr. King who also did it his way. “The drums still beat,” Ms. Kitt said in her spoken dialogue. “They beat for Martin. They beat for Mahatma. They must beat for you.” The legacy lives on. Visit for more information on the 501C3 organization.

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