Chaka Khan performs during the International Jazz Day Concert held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
**FILE** Chaka Khan performs during the International Jazz Day Concert held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

In honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Georgetown University will present a free, ticketed musical tribute, “Let Freedom Ring Celebration.”

The annual program, slated for 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, features Grammy-winning singer Chaka Khan and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by music producer Nolan Williams Jr.

Georgetown University will present the 18th annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to Sandra Jackson, executive director of House of Ruth. For more than 40 years, House of Ruth has provided safe and stable housing to women and children and families in the D.C. area who have experienced homelessness and abuse.

The award is given by Georgetown University to a local individual who exemplifies the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For more information, go to <a href=”www.georgetown.edu/news/house-of-ruth-leader-named-2020-legacy-of-a-dream-awardee” target=”blank”>georgetown.edu</a>.

Free tickets — up to two per person — will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.

Overflow seating will be available at Millennium Stage North (near the Eisenhower Theater) for patrons to view a simulcast of the performance. The performance will be closed-captioned and livestreamed on the Kennedy Center’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and on its website at www.kennedy-center.org.

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