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World Civility Day attracts headliners

The Gary Chamber of Commerce is ramping up its plans for World Civility Day 4 on April 11, 2019.

Community Civility Counts, an initiative of the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee developed World Civility Day, which launched in 2015. The day includes civility themed activities and an awards dinner.

Representatives from the United States and from around the world attend the event. Chuck Hughes, Chamber president, said attendees can expect a star-studded entertainment lineup.

The headliner will be internationally known singer Melba Moore. A maven of music Tony Award winner, and four-time Grammy nominee, Moore is also the recipient of numerous awards for her vocal and acting talents and her civic contributions.

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Melba Moore

Performing in addition to Moore will be Michael Turner, talented saxophonist for the famous rock, R&B and soulful band, the Ohio Players. Turner is acknowledged as one of the best in the business. He is currently touring with the Ohio Players, but will perform at World Civility Day on April 11, 2019. He also happens to be a Gary native.

The Ohio Players

A mini-series currently playing on the BET network highlights the life of Soul Train host Don Cornelius, and his creation of the first dance show featuring Black artists and dancers. The popular Soul Train program made its debut in Chicago on WCIU – TV channel 26, in October 1971.

Among the first to dance on that program was a gentleman named Reggie Thornton. Thornton went to Los Angeles and continued his role as one of the primary dancers on Soul Train. During a World Civility Day workshop, he will share a first-hand account of being civil in a highly competitive environment. He will has also share with the youth at the workshops, “how to achieve your dream but remain civil in the process.” Thornton resides in Los Angeles; he too is a Gary native.

Reggie Thornton

Returning from last year will be talented youngsters from the South Shore Dance Alliance under the tutelage of Larry Brewer. These young people wowed everyone last year and they promise to be even more exciting this time around.

The Chamber invites everyone to join Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers, Dr. Gordon Bradshaw and Chuck Hughes as it recognizes those who are practicing, preaching and promoting Civility around the world.

World Civility Day

April 11, 2019

Workshops: Indiana Welcome Center, Hammond (8:30 a.m./3:00 p.m.)

Civility Awards Dinner: The Avalon Manor, Merrillville (6:00 p.m.)

Contact the Chamber office (219) 885-7407 for additional information or visit:

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