Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
Central Library’s Songbird 
Monica Slater to sing Negro National Anthem at Susan G. Komen Promise Luncheon this Saturday
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—By day, Monica King Slater is a Library Assistant III at Birmingham’s Central Library, 2100 Park Place in downtown.
But occasionally on week nights and weekends, you can catch Slater using her God-given gift for singing around metro Birmingham. This Saturday, Feb. 27, her talent will be on display as she will sing the Negro National Anthem: Lift Every Voice and Sing during the Susan G. Komen Promise Luncheon in Birmingham. The inaugural event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UAB School of Nursing Building, 1701 University Blvd.  
Slater, who has worked at the Birmingham Public Library for 10 years, says she was honored to have been asked to participate in the event that benefits a worthy cause.  Launched in October 2007, the Circle of Promise campaign was created by Susan G. Komen to educate, empower, and mobilize the African American community in the fight against breast cancer.
Through this effort, Komen hopes to rewrite the story about African Americans and breast cancer by decreasing the African American incidence, late-stage diagnosis, and mortality rates. The Promise Luncheon brings attendees together to educate them about the impact breast cancer has on the African American community, engage them in the local fight against breast cancer, and celebrate the supportive network of survivors, co-survivors, and others who make up the Circle of Promise here in the Greater Birmingham area.
"It is such an honor to once again be selected to perform for an organization that was created to save lives by fighting against breast cancer.  What makes this event so special is the fact the luncheon specifically targets the African American community to educate and engage us about early diagnosis and the impact of breast cancer. It is only befitting the luncheon is held during Black History Month and such an honor for me to perform The Negro National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing."
Slater is a solo vocalist for a company called Songbird Entertainment. On occasion she performs with The Reflections Band, a group comprised of current and former Birmingham Public library employees. She was chosen among many applicants to sing the National Anthem last fall at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Birmingham’s Linn Park. To find out more about Monica's next singing engagements, check out her Facebook page. To book her for your event, email her at
Tickets to the Susan G. Komen Promise Luncheon are $25 each. Tables of 8 can be reserved for $250.
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