Concert for Peace and Justice draws large crowd

Concert for Peace and Justice draws large crowd
Tickets to the Concert for Peace and Justice are sold out
Usher performing at the Concert for Peace and Justice. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Usher performing at the Concert for Peace and Justice. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Tickets for the Concert for Peace and Justice sold out. (Source: WSFA 12 News Tower Camera)
Tickets for the Concert for Peace and Justice sold out. (Source: WSFA 12 News Tower Camera)
Stevie Wonder performing at the Concert for Peace and Justice. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Stevie Wonder performing at the Concert for Peace and Justice. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Tickets for the Concert for Peace and Justice, celebrating the grand opening of EJI's National Memorial for Peace and Justice sold out.

According to Ticketmaster, there were no more available tickets for the concert, that took place Friday at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in Montgomery.

The concert, which will begin around 7:30 p.m., but the gates opened at 6 p.m. and the lines stretched all down the sidewalks on Tallapoosa Street.

Friday night's concert featured big name artists like Usher, Common and Kirk Franklin, Dave Matthews and more. Stevie Wonder made a special guest appearance at the end.

Among the big names to hit the stage there was some local talent was showcased.

"Five of the students get to sing solo with common how cool is that? It is such a huge honor and it is humbling to be part of this," said Alabama State University Director of Choral Activities Kristofer Sanchack.

"It speaks volumes to what we believe at ASU and what we believe in the city in Montgomery. If you work hard towards something and you keep at it you are bound to be successful at it at the very end," said ASU vocal instructor Dr. Cordelia Anderson.

While people came from around the world to hear some great music tonight...concert goers said it was about so much more than that.

"I feel great so many people can confront this hard truth but it isn't easy for any of us. But it is great so many people have taken it upon themselves to show up," said Zakiyyah Ali.

"Think this is a great way to bring everybody together, all creeds, colors, religions, everything. Let's just love!" said Latesa Calloway.

Ahead of the concert, part two of the Peace and Justice summit was being held throughout the day Friday.

For more information about the concert or the memorial and museum, click this link.

Visitors from across the country made their way to the capital city for the grand opening of the memorial and museum. A grand opening ceremony that included Congressman John Lewis, Bebe Winans, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Alley two was held Thursday night.

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