Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Bennie Thompson (front, center) invited members of CCC's Gospel Choir to represent Mississippi during the 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference "Gospel Extravaganza". The choir is under the direction of Kelvin Towers (pictured to Thompson's left).
CLARKSDALE – For many students in Coahoma Community College’s Gospel Choir, the trip to Washington, D.C. last week was their first trip to the nation’s capitol.
“It was so exciting,” said choir member Regina Towers of Pace, Miss. “I’ve never been to Washington before, so it was a new experience for me … it was wonderful.”
“It was fun,” said Chris McClenton of Cleveland, MS. “I just tried to capture every moment of it.”
The choir traveled to Washington on Sept. 15 to sing for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's (CBCF’s) Gospel Extravaganza. The event was part of the CBCF's Annual Legislative Conference that draws thousands of people to the nation's capital for five days of seminars, panels and parties.
The CCC Gospel Choir was invited by Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) to represent the state of Mississippi. It was one of four groups that included choirs from North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi.
The event marked the second time Kelvin Towers, CCC director of activities, led the choir to the annual gospel concert, which was held at United House of Prayer for All People.
Thirty-seven CCC students performed two selections —"Run and Tell That" written by Michael V. Kelsey and “Jericho” by Dexter Walker.
Towers said he was honored to be an extended an invitation to participate in the event.
“We’re just very thrilled,” said Towers. “Congressman Thompson always looks out for the 2nd Congressional District in Mississippi and we’re honored for the opportunity to represent Mississippi.”
In addition to the performance, Thompson treated the students to a tour of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. They also were special guests during Thompson’s “Back to the Blues” reception Friday evening.
Sophomore Nathan Brown said he’s grateful for the hospitality shown by Rep. Thompson.
“I’m still in shock,” said Brown. “It was an awesome experience. I really appreciate Rep. Bennie Thompson for the granting us the opportunity to sing and show our talents to the world.”
To view more photos from the performance on CCC's Facebook page, CLICK HERE.
To watch a video highlighting the performance, CLICK HERE!