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Celebrating the History and Music of the African American Church

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Valley College and the Black Voice Foundation Sponsor Seminar and Concert

On Saturday February 9, 2008 San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) and the Gospel Music History Project (GMHP), a division of the Black Voice Foundation, will present a full day of activities recognizing the central role of the church in the African American experience.

The day will begin with "Through the Storm", a workshop on the history, music, and mission of the African American Church. Conducted by SBVC Professor, historian and gospel scholar Dr. Daniel E. Walker, the workshop will take place from 10:00am-2:00pm in the Valley College Library Viewing Room. The workshop will examine slave religion, the creation of African American religious denominations, the spirituals, Gospel Music, the Civil Rights Movement, and the challenges and opportunities faced by the modern church. Admission is free and lunch will be provided.

The day will conclude with a free Gospel concert featuring the Los Angeles chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) under the direction of Rodena Preston. The concert will begin at 6:00pm in the newly renovated SBVC Auditorium.

A gospel legend, Preston is the founder and former director of the historic Voices of Deliverance Choir and the National Director of the Stellar, Dove, and Grammy-nominated GMWA Mass Choir. With over 100,000 members, the GMWA is the largest Gospel Music association in the world. Founded by the late Rev. James Cleveland, the GMWA Mass Choir is responsible for debuting artists such as Donald Lawrence and John P. Kee to the gospel community.

For more information or to reserve your space for the workshop, please call 951-682-6070. Co-sponsors of this celebration include the Black Voice Foundation and the SBVC Arts and Lectures Committee, Black Faculty and Staff Association, and BSU.

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