The Power of Song Inc.

A non-profit organization that educates and trains youth and community about the Civil Rights Movement and social justice through song, theater and art. The organization's productions include original works such as its flagship project Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song, which shares the history of the songs of the Civil Rights Movement, and The Cardboard Stories, which tells the stories behind the faces of homelessness. Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song serves as the kick-off event for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in St. Petersburg, Fla., sponsored by St. Petersburg College. The production received its initial support from St. Petersburg College and The Dolman Law Group.

September Penn, co-founder and CEO 

September Penn is the scriptwriter and director of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song. She also wrote and directed the music for The Cardboard Stories. Mrs. Penn is a singer, songwriter, recording artist and scriptwriter who has performed across the globe. The Power of Song Inc. was born from her work with Dr. Clayborne Carson, a Stanford University History professor who was commissioned by Coretta Scott King to edit the King Papers. Dr. Carson wrote the play Passages of Martin Luther King, for which Mrs. Penn has performed in the roles of Coretta Scott King and Alberta Williams King. She has regularly performed the music for the production. Mrs. Penn served as the co-music director for the full stage play of Passages in Beijing, China, and the music director for the performances of the production sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in Jerusalem and on the West Bank.

Ivan Penn, co-founder and president

Ivan Penn, a journalist, musician, public speaker and author, is the executive producer of The Power of Song Inc.'s productions. Mr. Penn has served as associate producer of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song and The Cardboard Stories. He studied with history professor Dr. Clayborne Carson while on a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. Mr. Penn has traveled with his wife, September Penn, for performances of Carson's play, Passages of Martin Luther King and written about the experiences with the production in Beijing, China, as well as in Jerusalem and on the West Bank.


Board of Directors

Will Davidson

Nikki Klugh

Delphine Griffin

Vince Cocks

Kent Whittemore


Creative Advisory Team

September Penn

Ivan Penn

Andrida Hosey

Boyzell Hosey

Marvia Joye Watkins Williams

Dr. Kevin "Conductor Bernard" Parrott

Dr. Cody Clark

Sharon Scott

Charlotte Quandt


Volunteer Coordinator

Vanessa Kimble-Swangles



Images courtesy of Boyzell Hosey and Horn Photography.

Logo design by Angela Brisbane,