Brookwood Elementary School fifth-graders will perform in the school's 19th annual production of I Remember Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday. The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.
"The play basically stays the same. The message stays the same," said Johnny Carr, a music specialist at Brookwood.
However, he said, the songs are updated each year.
The production will include spirituals, patriotic and contemporary music.
The multimedia show also will feature video, lighting, movement, singing and drama.
The musical is being directed by Brookwood's other music specialist, Kim Chavous.
Carr said today's fifth-graders think of Martin Luther King Jr. as a "good man who wanted people to get along with each other."
These children also live in a country that is much more culturally diverse than it was during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, he said.
Calling music a "learning tool," Carr said the pupils will remember the dates and names in the production by singing about them.
"It's a good music performance, but it's also a good academic performance," he said.
The music specialist said he hopes the audience will come away with "a message of hope for this generation to make changes so people will all get along with each other."
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