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Morehouse College Glee Club to Join Children's Chorus to Celebrate Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Song

11th Annual "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" Concert

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020


The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus plans the 11th annual concert, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”, concert, to celebrate the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in song on February 22, 2020.


This annual performance, held at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in San Marco, will begin with the culturally- diverse Jacksonville Children’s Chorus presentation of the hymn “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”.


The 2:00 P.M. matinee concert performance will feature all six 6 of the JCC performance choirs, including the Touring Choir, whose members spent the summer performing eight concerts in five5 European countries.


Atlanta’s Moorehouse College Glee Club will join the Jacksonville Children's Chorus choirs with their own repertoire of performance pieces, providing concert-goers with a truly celebratory experience of Dr. King’s achievements. Eric Mann, President and CEO, Metropolitan Office, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools will serve as emcees for the concert.


To convey the depth and meaning this concert holds for the Chorus, Adam Hooper, JCC Recruitment and Volunteer Coordinator, stated, “The Jacksonville Children's Chorus embodies the living memorial that Dr. King and his family fought for, using music to diminish the dividing walls of racial and economic injustice, calling for ‘Ev'ry Voice’ to be lifted.” He continued by saying, “Our mission is not only in artistic excellence, but the aggregate effect of music to create excellence in all human relations. We invite you to identify with the soul-stirring, triumphant music based on, and influenced by, this historical leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”


The concert’s opening number, an African American Spiritual, was written by James Weldon Johnson as a poem in 1900 and was subsequently put to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1905. The hymn is known best as the African American National Anthem.


Tickets for the concert are available for purchase on the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus website at



About the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, founded in 1995, is Jacksonville’s largest provider of music education. The JCC’s mission is to enrich the lives of singers and audiences across the region. Partial or full scholarships are available to any child who wishes to sing through the generous support of sponsors and donors. Visit our website to learn more.


About Morehouse College Glee Club

The Morehouse College Glee Club is the premier singing organization of Morehouse College, traveling all over the country and the world, demonstrating excellence not only in choral performance but also in discipline, dedication, and brotherhood. Through its tradition, the Glee Club has an impressive history and seeks to secure its future through even greater accomplishments, continuing in this tradition through the dedication and commitment of its members and the leadership that its directors have provided throughout the years. It is the mission of the Morehouse College Glee Club to maintain a high standard of musical excellence.



James Powell