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St. Luke AME celebrates in song

February 21, 2009

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Members of the St. Luke AME Church choir rehearse “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” for the church’s annual Black History Month Pew Rally Musical on Sunday. From left are Eugene Hunter, Leonard Monroe, Theodore McVay, Joyce Pearson and Izetta Hunter.

Members of the St. Luke AME Church choir rehearse “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” for the church’s annual Black History Month Pew Rally Musical on Sunday. From left are Eugene Hunter, Leonard Monroe, Theodore McVay, Joyce Pearson and Izetta Hunter.

In the mood for music? The St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church, 900 N.Y., is hosting its annual Black History Month Musical at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The church fundraiser will feature performances by St. Luke’s choir and other choirs, including ones from the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Leavenworth, Calvary Church of God in Christ, Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church, First Regular Missionary Baptist Church and St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Donations will be accepted.

St. Luke’s pastor, the Rev. Verdell Taylor, says the event is meant to be a joyful commemoration of heritage.

“The goal of the event on Sunday is just to celebrate the Black History Month with song,” Taylor says. “Since with our background, our heritage has always been singing songs of praise. The slaves sung songs to get from one location to the other. So, we want to emphasize the singing on that last Sunday in February and we’ve been doing this for a number of years now.”

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