"Realizing the Dream, Inc., with headquarters in Atlanta Georgia, is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Dr. King’s dream a reality for all. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Realizing the Dream Committee exists to raise consciousness about injustice and promote human equality, peace, and social justice by creating educational and cultural opportunities for growth, empowerment, and social change so that every person may experience the bounty of life’s abundant possibilities. History and Legacy The University of Alabama, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Stillman College presented the first Realizing the Dream concert in 1990 at a time when many communities were just beginning to establish traditions to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. Concerts featuring stirring oratory, poetry and musical expressions — from classical to jazz — have inspired audiences through the years. Actor James Earl Jones narrated Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait” in the inaugural concert. Since that auspicious beginning, the concert has brought such luminaries as Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Al Green, Julian Bond, Cicely Tyson, Roberta Flack and Della Reese, among others, to the stage at the Moody Concert Hall. The single concert has grown to include activities throughout the year, including a distinguished lecture series and a performing arts event. Stillman and UA welcomed Shelton State Community College as a partner in planning and implementing these events. For the fifth year, the Realizing the Dream Initiative has partnered with the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to host an annual Legacy Banquet. This event pays tribute to those who have made and continue to make significant contributions to continuing Dr. King’s dream. Funded in part by an endowment from the Fiesta Bowl — which also funds minority scholarships at the University — the Realizing the Dream concert changes every year, bringing together different parts of the community in ways that are fresh and rewarding, from in-school programs to children’s drawings displayed in the lobby, from the blended voices of college and youth choirs to the joined hands of the audience. The concert shines a spotlight on a night of unity that inspires us all to make a better tomorrow. Realizing the Dream seeks to continue the legacy and work of Dr. and Mrs. King in wiping out poverty and injustice through programs that foster peace and nonviolent social change, empower poverty-stricken communities, and develop strong leaders among the nation’s youth."