Area Choirs to Perform Songs of Inspiration at WWU

“I Sing Because I’m Free,” a concert celebrating Black History Month, will be held at William Woods University Thursday (Feb. 28). Scheduled for 6 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center, the concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature several mid-Missouri choirs singing songs that have a religious or inspirational message to them and that represent the African-American experience.

According to Tammy Carter, coordinator of multicultural affairs at WWU, a great deal of African American history lies within the song lyrics.

“During their time of oppression, slaves used music to give each other hope, send out secret messages and remind each other that God has not forgotten them,” Carter said.

Some of the choirs performing include Sugar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, Lincoln University Choir, Second Missionary Baptist Church and Family Worship Center-Columbia. Jeff Huffman, KMIZ-TV meteorologist, will be a soloist.

For more information, contact Tammy Carter