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St. Luke’s AME Church to host annual Black History Month Musical Sunday

Members of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church practice for the upcoming black history month musical.

February 25, 2011


Theodore McVay shakes a tambourine and gets into the mood of a spiritual song as members of St. Luke's AME Church practice for Saturday's black history month musical.

Theodore McVay shakes a tambourine and gets into the mood of a spiritual song as members of St. Luke's AME Church practice for Saturday's black history month musical.

Musicians from Lawrence and area communities will come together Sunday to celebrate Black History Month, as well as the many cultural and ethnic groups in Lawrence.

St. Luke’s AME Church, 900 N.Y., will host the annual Black History Month Musical at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. What started as a way to fill the pews has grown into a citywide event celebrating its fifth anniversary.

The Rev. Verdell Taylor, pastor at St. Luke’s, said music is a way to express religious feelings.

“People really like the music, and they can really relate to the music,” Taylor said. “The music says so much and affects people in a sincere, heartfelt way.”

There will be about 12 groups, including the choir from Plymouth Congregational Church, vocalists from Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church, a gospel group, praise dancers and a saxophone player. Taylor said each group will present two selections and the program will be about two-and-a-half hours long.

Taylor said the program recognized the African-American heritage, where song was important for communicating messages and giving hope to slaves.

“To be uplifted spiritually, you should come to it to be around other people who are enjoying music and understand celebration through music. You get to hear the heritage of African-American struggles,” he said. “The music, it touches your inner being, your soul.”

Joyce Pearson, one of the organizers of the event, said the event was also meant to bring the community into the building, which was renovated and completed in the last year.

“We enjoy having people from all over Lawrence and this area come to this church,” she said.

Taylor said that every year people came to the concert who had never heard traditional African-American music before.

“They come expecting to hear some black music, and they’re hearing something that is different,” he said.

The concert is free, and a reception will follow in the basement of the church.


kansasplains 7 years, 2 months ago

Why don't you video tape the whole event and put it both on the Journal World web site and on you tube, so that those of us who live in other cities can hear and experience it? And it will be an event which is of interest to many other groups and individuals. For example, I could probably have it presented as a video tape here in San Francisco! Lawrence Morgan

yellowdot99 7 years, 1 month ago

You could also put in on channel 6 on cable, for those of us that can't get out, could see and enjoy. Or on demand channel.

kawvalleybulldog 7 years, 1 month ago

WHOA! "St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church" now that's interesting!!! saints, africans, methodists, episcopals; is this REAL!?

Frank A Janzen 6 years, 2 months ago

The AME Church is a long-standing traditional church in the US. The following link explains the African, Methodist, and Episcopal part of the church, and it's history dating from the 1700s and 1800s.

"The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a unique and glorious history. It was unique in that it is the first major religious denomination in the Western World that had its origin over sociological and theological beliefs and differences. It rejected the negative theological interpretations which rendered persons of African descent second class citizens. Theirs was a theological declaration that God is God all the time and for every body. The church was born in protest against slavery - against dehumanization of African people, brought to the American continent as labor."

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