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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Delta Air Lines has selected the Watoto De Afrika Memphis Performing Arts Academy to participate in an educational performance called "Love Everybody," in Atlanta.

"Delta Air Lines gave us the opportunity to travel to Atlanta and be part of the kickoff which is honoring Dr. King and Nelson Mandela, where his assistant Mr. Dede is going to be there to speak as well and Jennifer Holiday is singing," said Donald O'Connor of the Watoto Memphis Performing Arts Academy.

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For these young entertainers it is not only a learning experience, they are having the time of their lives.

"Oh man, the faces do light up," said Andrea Powell, show director. "It's great and seeing kids involved with something that's so rich in culture and tradition and substance, which I think is lacking in what kids get exposed to these days."

"Yes sir, playing the drums is my way of expressing my feelings through it," added Brian Freeman, drummer.

"Not that hard for me, cause I used to be a church dancer and it's very easy for me to pick up stuff," said Shermonica Potts, dancer.

"So Mandela and Dr. King had the same agenda," O'Connor said. "The name of our tour is 'Love everybody,' more about their efforts to bring people together along with the theme of human rights, equality for everybody. Amazingly South Africa was having the same problems, challenges as we were having but these gentlemen dedicated their lives to do something for everyday people."

After the two-day Atlanta stop before Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, the everyday kids are taking that same message on a four-city tour. The students will start their tour by performing in Atlanta this Thursday and Friday, Jan. 16-17, and follow with stops in Birmingham, Jackson, Miss., and Little Rock.

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