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Beyoncé Mass: The 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Event

Annual celebration of Dr. King's life and work at The Claremont Colleges


Please note that the Beyoncé Mass has moved to Garrison Theater (231 E. 10th st, Claremont) and is the first event of the Scripps Presents spring 2020 season! The change will be reflected in upcoming announcements, the eventbrite ticketing website and all other media.


Transform: Revolutionizing Worship with the Beyoncé Mass

We invite The Claremont Colleges community to join us for an exciting celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. This year the celebration jointly acknowledges Dr. King’s life and work, and the 50th anniversary of the Office of Black Student Affairs.

The Beyoncé Mass is a Christian worship service that uses the music and personal life of Beyoncé as a tool to foster an empowering conversation about Black women—their lives, their bodies, and their voices.

Based on the scholarship of Rev. Yolanda Norton, the H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black Church Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary, this groundbreaking spiritual experience gathered over 1000 people at its inaugural event in San Francisco. This service does not worship or deify Beyoncé. Rather, it is a way to connect students to inclusive spiritual traditions and broaden conceptions of faith and justice.


Beyoncé Mass 10am-12pmScripps College Garrison Theater  (231 E. 10th street, Claremont). Eventbrite registration required for entry. Free and open to the public. Doors open starting 9:30am.

Beyoncé Mass Brunch & Talkback with Beyoncé Mass founder, Reverend Yolanda Norton at 12:30pm. Location information provided to registered TCC students, faculty, staff and approved guests. 

For questions or cancellations, contact  

Presented by The Claremont Colleges Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee, The Office of Black Student Affairs, and Scripps Public Events, with support from The Claremont Colleges Marian & Charles Holmes Performing Arts Endowment.

2020 Host Campus: Claremont Graduate University


Press and Video:

New York Times coverage

“Why Beyoncé?”

Clips of the Beyoncé Mass

The Beyoncé Mass official website

How does the Beyoncé Mass connect to the celebration of Dr. King’s life and work?

The Beyoncé Mass aligns with our celebration as the recognition of uniquely Black music forms harkens to Dr. King’s 1964 Berlin speech about the power of music in Black protest movements. Furthermore, it offers ways to recognize and share stories of Black women activists and leaders, drawing parallels to the impact gospel singer Mahalia Jackson had in encouraging Dr. King to improvise what became his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The mass is open to people of all faiths, spiritual communities, identities and experiences. 

REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 1, 2019 and an eventbrite ticket is required for entry: 


The 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee

Lydia Middleton, Dean and Director, Office of Black Student Affairs, The Claremont Colleges Services (Chair)

Latreace Cox, EdD, Office of Black Student Affairs 

Maritza Arreola, Assistant Director, Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment (SCORE), Scripps College

Vince Greer, Associate Dean of Students for Diversity, Inclusion and Residential Life, Claremont McKenna College

Ariel Carpenter, Assistant Director of Student Life and International Services, Claremont Graduate University

Danny Shapiro, Jewish Chaplain, McAlister Center for Religious Activities

Arianna Figueroa, Assistant Dean, Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), Harvey Mudd College

Sandra Vasquez, EdD, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Pitzer College

Andrea Mozqueda, Assistant Director, Student Affairs and Disability Coordinator, Keck Graduate Institute

José Luis Ramirez, Jr., Assistant Director, Draper Center for Community Partnerships, Pomona College

Community Partners

NAACP Pomona Valley Branch

Youth Mentoring Action Network

Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals


The Claremont Colleges Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Events Planning Committee is charged with the celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the organization and delivery of key events that anchor the series. The committee is dedicated to highlighting events in The Claremont Colleges specifically designed to uplift the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., particularly those that emphasize interdisciplinary learning, dialogue and community engagement.  Finally, events that fall under the banner of the 7C Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration are to promote active discussion of themes related to local and global social justice, equity and civic responsibility and other concepts as exemplified by the teachings of Dr. King. The committee views the events as a means of encouraging positive relationships between diverse communities of students, faculty and staff within The Claremont Colleges. It is therefore with a sense of purposeful collaboration that the committee seeks to observe and celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in partnership with The Claremont Colleges.