Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir to Tour East Coast and Ohio
Time: 10 a.m.
Date: Sunday, March 17
Place: The Soul Factory Church, 7823 Parston Drive, Suite K, Forestville, Maryland
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 18
Place: Gethsemane Baptist Church, 5119 Fourth Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Young, Gifted, and Black (YGB) Gospel Choir will share its music ministry in a concert titled In Awe of You: God Continues to Amaze Us. This concert theme is an arrangement by Trey McLaughlin, a renowned gospel music composer and performer. The choir will also perform selections from a variety of other artists, such as the Chicago Mass Choir, Kirk Franklin, Beverly Crawford, and Bishop Larry Totter.
In addition, the choir will give two private concerts in Ohio: one at Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in Highland Hills and the second at Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility in Massillon. These performances demonstrate the choir’s commitment to social justice, community service, and educational opportunities. In addition to singing at each of the facilities, choir members will spend time interacting with some of the residents.
The Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir was established in 1967, when six black first-year students came together in the basement of Younker Hall to share a common and powerful experience: gospel music. The name of the choir was taken from a work titled "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black" by renowned African-American writer Lorraine Hansberry.
The choir has evolved over the years and now encompasses members from different cultures, nationalities, and races. This diversity makes the choir even stronger. The one constant in the long history of the choir is the tradition of celebrating Black American culture through gospel music.