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Posted at 3:53 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Two choirs celebrate Black History Month

By Erin Williams

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Washington DC and the Alfred Street Baptist Church Senior Choir of Alexandria VA will perform a joint musical program in honor of Black History Month.

"The concert will bring two faith traditions together in a musical celebration of fellowship and respect," says Joyce Garrett, conductor of Alfred Street Baptist Church Senior Choir, which has existed since 1865. The concert will spotlight choral arrangements of African American spirituals, with a few contemporary gospel songs by African American composers. The two choirs will be joined by guest soloist Alex Boye, of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

"This concert focuses on what the two groups have in common and can share with a diverse audience," says Ed Sapp, vice president for public relations of The Mormon Choir of Washington, D.C., founded in 1980.

The event will be held February 26 at the Washington DC Temple Visitors Center in Kensington MD at 7:00 PM.

By Erin Williams  | February 23, 2011; 3:53 PM ET
 
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Posted by: awprods | February 23, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I can't help but smirk cynically each time the Mormons hitch their wagon to some African American event. For 148 years of their history, Mormons did not allow blacks to be ordained to the Mormon "priesthood." That only changed in 1978 when they faced losing their tax-free status as a church. Now blacks can hold priesthood positions, they just don't. Check out the semi-annual photo release of all the Mormon "General Authorities" (leaders). They remain eerily white, and most are from the Intermountain West (the so-called Mormon Jell-O Belt).

Posted by: tweedmeister | March 2, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

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