Rev. Dr. Bernice King

 Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, former President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, CEO of The King Center

“…the music tonight was great…very touching…It was a good musical reflection of my Father…the greatest part of it is it's a start at exposing future generations to this work in a genre that they can appreciate, and that's what's most important because we have to keep the legacy going from generation to generation…I was glad to be here tonight, to be a part of this.”


Andrew Young

 Close friend and confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader, former Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, U.S. Congressman, United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Mayor of Atlanta

 “Just so powerful, extremely well done.”


The Late Joseph Lowery

 Civil Rights Leader, co-founder (with Martin Luther King, Jr.) of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and former President - delivered the benediction at the inauguration of Senator Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America

 “I’ve never listened to the story in music, and that added a dimension that I’ve been missing, and so I enjoyed it very much…I gave them an A.”


The Late C.T. Vivian

 Close friend and lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement

 “It brought back what was seemingly left out…what only a novel and a play can do in terms of far more than the head – it really brought it back in the very soul and spirit.”


U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur

(Currently the longest-serving woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, since 1983)

“Thank you for making progress possible - for our community, for our country.  I [am] just so proud of Toledo Opera…for helping the creative class tell the story of progress in our country, and its cost…it’s so beautiful that the progress of the dream will…be lifted further in the twenty first century…thank you for making this great work possible.”