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Strategy & Soul Movement Center Hosted by Channing Martinez presents:

Freedom First 2023 World Tour A Jazz Benefit Concert
for Keith Lamar

October 5th, 2023 7pm

Strategy and Soul Theater 3546 Martin Luther King Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90008

Featuring Spoken Word by Keith Lamar FROM DEATH ROW

Albert Marques – Piano

Kazende George – Tenor Sax

Yosemel Montego – Bass

Zack O’Farril – Drums

Keith Lamar in Conversation with Eric Mann

Keith Lamar is a WRONGFULLY-CONVICTED Black man who faces state-sanctioned murder in just under a year for crimes he can now prove he did not commit—his execution date was previously set for November 16, 2023. Keith was just granted a reprieve and his execution date has been moved to January 13, 2027.

Freedom First began as a concert series in the summer of 2020 on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan shortly after the murder of George Floyd, and at a time the country was shut down due to Covid. The aim of these beautiful shows has been to raise public awareness of yet another grave injustice being done in our names, and to seek support for the Campaign for Justice for Keith Lamar while we still can…

Keith is still breathing. Let’s fight for him to keep breathing and get free!

On October 5, 2023, The Strategy Center is bringing this incredible jazz concert to the heart of South Central to STRATEGY AND SOUL MOVEMENT CENTER!

Some of the most provocative and gifted contemporary artists will join us, this time to play music from the first ever album in history created and recorded by someone on death row, aptly titled FREEDOM FIRST.

Keith, an avid jazz lover, lends his soulful and heart-wrenching spoken-word poetry to some of his favorite tunes and several original pieces written for/with him. After a year of sold-out and standing-room only shows, both in Europe and in the United States, embraced by his friends and family, Keith will be joining us by phone from Ohio’s Supermax Prison where he has spent the past three decades in solitary confinement on death row. In spite of these unimaginably difficult years of torture, he continues to shine a bright light into the world, teaching, motivating, and loving people with great intention. We hope that you will join us in our support as we strive to get Justice for Keith Lamar.

Eric and Channing have been actively involved in his case and visited him.

Please see the links below to the three Voices from the Frontlines conversations with Keith Lamar:

Every ticket sold will help Keith’s struggle to get back into court. Due to recent developments, he has a good shot, a clear pathway, and he needs our help for this legal push now more than ever.

Thank you for your help to spread the word and for being a part of the fight to FREE KEITH LAMAR!

We only have 100 seats available so buy here to reserve your ticket early!

Learn more about Keith’s story at: