DC Talk Heads Racial Reconciliation Rally
Event Marks 40-Year Anniversary
of Integration of Little Rock Central High School
and Launches Efforts of The E.R.A.C.E. Foundation
artist dc Talk will headline a very special Racial
Reconciliation Rally at the Riverfest Amphitheater
in Little Rock, Ark. on Sunday, September 21, 1997.
The event starts at 3:00 p.m. and will mark the beginning
of "Racial Reconciliation Week" in Arkansas
as proclaimed by Governor Mike Huckabee, who invited
dc Talks participation in the weeks activities.
Little Rock was a focal point
during the traumatic civil rights era, and this week-long
emphasis on racial reconciliation will recognize the
40-year anniversary of the integration of Little Rock
Central High School. Central High was the site
of the famous showdown between Arkansas Governor Orval
Faubus and President Eisenhower in 1957when
nine black students had to be escorted into the school
by military personnel.
During the week of September
21-27, President Bill Clinton, Governor Huckabee and
Mayor Jim Dailey will reopen the doors of Central
High and welcome back those original nine students.
The Sunday afternoon Racial Reconciliation Rally will
kick off the week with a performance by dc Talk, who
also invited fellow recording artists CeCe Winans
and GRITS to perform during the afternoon. The
rally will include special appearances by not only
Governor Huckabee and Mayor Dailey, but also boxing
superstar Evander Holyfield, former NFL star Miles
McPherson and Dr. E.V. Hill, among others, along with
a special videotaped message from Dr. Billy Graham.
Several thousand people are
expected to attend the Racial Reconciliation Rally,
which is also the first major initiative by dc Talk
to launch The E.R.A.C.E. Foundation, a non-profit
organization created in part by dc Talk members Toby
McKeehan, Michael Tait and Kevin Smith. E.R.A.C.E.
is devoted to the furtherance of unity and harmony
among all races, using education as the primary tool
to promote dialogue among all peoples and eliminate
barriers to racial reconciliation.
"We live our ideals on
a daily basis, and that has more impact than words
can ever haveits what we call living integration,"
McKeehan explains. "Through the foundation
and through events like this one, we want to challenge
our audience to do the same."
Celebrating the diversity of
the human race is the main idea behind dc Talks
single, "Colored People," and is also a
major theme for The E.R.A.C.E. Foundation. "We
believe that young people can and will become a force
for racial harmony," Tait says. "One
of our goals is to realize that we can learn from
one another. We want to motivate our generation
to act on the core belief that we are all equal."
For more information on the
September 21 Racial Reconciliation Rally, please call
(501) 954-9390 in Little Rock or contact True Artist
Managment at (615) 791-7977.