The choir’s second annual Martin Luther King Day celebration focused on the topics of civil rights, war, education, poverty and ecology. Guitarist and folk singer Christopher Wilson accompanied high school and middle school singers, and an audience of parents, friends and supporters enthusiastically sang along in the Chapel of the Unitarian Church of All Souls on January 19.
Among the songs performed were “Which Side are You On?” by Florence Reece, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” by Pete Seeger, and “Earth Song” by Michael Jackson.
Another highlight was a poem, “The Four Girls,” written and performed by eighth grader Alexis Vandross about the 1963 deaths from a church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. (“The evil plotting hating men are on the way, to claim the innocent lives of victims, of people who they don’t view are the same”)
The MLK presentation was the second of three scheduled performances to generate support for the NABGC’s scheduled trip to Bethesda, Maryland, this spring. The final fundraiser will be the choir’s annual spring concert scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Heavenly Rest. For more information about the spring concert, contact James Backmon at 646-371-4007 or firstname.lastname@example.org