On March 4, 2017, Purple Philanthropy will be hosting a benefit concert in Montgomery, Alabama in honor of the late Prince. Not too many people know that aside from being a highly talented musician, Prince was also a dedicated humanitarian. That’s because he kept quiet about the majority of his donations.
Of the numerous causes that Prince supported, he took a particular liking to those that revolved around civil rights. Thus, the upcoming concert in Montgomery, Alabama will be dedicated to Women’s History Month.
The beautiful and talented Sheila E will be headlining the event, with special performances from her father Pete Esovedo, a world-renowned percussionist. Sheila E was ranked number 80 on the Rolling Stones’ list of “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time.” As an added bonus, former members of Prince’s New Power Generation group will also play at the event.
Proceeds will go towards supporting community-based organization like the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute (SYLDI). Based in Montgomery, the SYLDI supports children’s pursuits in music, arts, and sports. The organization also teaches kids about civil rights.
Doris Crenshaw, who founded the organization, was a mentee of legendary civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
“At the age of 12, I received more education than I could have gotten from any university, including life lessons that taught me to stand up and fight human rights for all,” Crenshaw stated. “I learned that education is opportunity and voters’ rights are sacred. Mrs. Parks led the youth council with profound courage and strength that I pass on to youth that enter and complete our programs at SYLDI.”
Crenshaw looks forward to the concert, and is honored to have her organization supported by it. Tickets start at $45 and are on sale beginning Friday, January 20. Tickets can be purchased either through ticketmaster.com or at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre.