John Malveaux with Danellen Mabry Joseph following 2016 commemorative concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Danellen Mabry Joseph memorial service was September 26, 2016, Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles. She was childhood actor, percussionist, retired choral & instrumental music teacher (secondary level); LA Jazz Mentorship coordinator; lifetime member NANM Georgia Laster Branch, founding member Los Angeles Delta Choraliers, etc etc. To date I have not seen a complete detailed bio of her lifetime accomplishments.
An annual concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr featuring Alpha Kappa Alpha Chorus, United Male Chorus of Los Angeles and the Delta Choraliers was a favorite of mine. Danellen was a co-choral director until last year when the baton was passed to a fellow soror. I recall her standing to applaud her replacement.
After tributes, resolutions, heartfelt recollections, and soulful musical performances,the MLK, Jr Commemorative Choir, with Dr. Hansonia Caldwell directing, started the song "City Called Heaven". Almost immediately, the voices penetrated me and I saw the church roof rolled back and Danellen's body ascended into the sky. The roof returned during the applause and the memorial service continued to completion. Internment and a repast followed the service.