Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of CCC's Gospel Choir will be heading to nation's capitol Wednesday to participate in a Gospel Extravaganza hosted as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The choir is under direction of (front, from left) Assistant Director Jemero Carter and Director Kelvin Towers.
CLARKSDALE – There’s the Georgia Mass Choir representing the state of Georgia, the Word Tabernacle Choir representing North Carolina, the E. L. Clyburn Memorial Choir representing South Carolina, and then there’s Coahoma Community College’s Gospel Choir representing the state of Mississippi during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (ALC).
CCC’s Gospel Choir will join other premier choirs from across the south during a Gospel Extravaganza, hosted from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 as part of the ALC’s 46th Conference in Washington, D.C.
The choir was extended an invitation to the prestigious event after Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) witnessed a performance during CCC’s Cultural Awareness Week program last spring.
“I am very proud to have the Coahoma Community College Gospel Choir perform in Washington, D.C., for this year’s Gospel Extravaganza,” said Thompson. “I am most excited to have the opportunity to display the talents of these young people and show the caliber of students being produced by Coahoma Community College and by the Mississippi Delta.”
Thirty-seven Tigers will leave CCC’s campus headed to the nation’s capitol Wednesday evening to showcase some traditional southern gospel with renditions of “Run and Tell That” and “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho”.
CCC Choir Director Kevin Towers said it’s an invitation he doesn’t take lightly.
“We’re carrying the burden on our shoulders to represent the State of Mississippi, but it’s an honor that we gladly accept,” said Towers. “We know that the constituents in the state are rooting us on, and we plan to make them proud.”
He said it’s also a great opportunity for CCC students.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for our students—especially those who have never visited Washington, D.C. before —to get a chance to witness the nation’s capitol and all it’s iconic monuments.”
Thompson said he is sure that CCC’s Gospel Choir performance will not disappoint.
“The choirs I have invited from Mississippi in the past have always delighted the audience and many participants come to the event expecting that Mississippi’s choir will be the best,” said Thompson. “I have no doubt that the young people from the Coahoma Community College Gospel Choir will more than exceed those expectations.”
The ALC conference serves one of the premier platforms for examining critical issues facing the Black community and setting an agenda for its empowerment. Roughly 10,000 individuals, including policymakers, activist and business executives are expected to attend this year’s conference, which will run from Sept. 14-18.
In addition to the Gospel Extravaganza, the conference will include an on-site employment fair and authors’ pavilion, the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts awards ceremony, Black Party, the annual Prayer Breakfast, a jazz concert, exhibit showcase, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner, where President Barack Obama is expected to give his last address before he exits the White House.