Songs of Hope is presented by the Worcester Black-Jewish Alliance. The Worcester Black-Jewish Alliance is a new initiative in our community supported by the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester Black Clergy Alliance, and the Worcester Branch NAACP. Our first community event, “Songs of Hope,” is a musical expression of hope, endurance and triumph featuring performers from each of our two communities.
The Black and Jewish communities have long been important allies in struggle for social justice and equality. Our shared commitment toward seeking justice and fighting oppression heightened during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, and we remain united in demanding social justice and equality today.
In these difficult times, we find ourselves challenged once more, to stand together in unity, to drown out the voices of hatred, racism, and violence, with a defiantly joyful song.
Featured Performers include: Lydia Fortune (vocalist), Mitch Gordon (percussionist), Knights of Zion (acapella group), Anthony Russell (vocalist), Shir Joy (Central MA Jewish Community Choir), and a special appearance of "Men of Faith" (Rev. Lucas, Rabbi Swarttz, Rev. Vance, and Rev. Wright).
EVERYONE IS INVITED to celebrate music from the Black and Jewish Communities, and to enjoy a Potluck Dinner after the concert. Feel free to bring your favorite Southern or Jewish dish to share! If you or your organization in interested in sponsoring this event, contact the Worcester Branch NAACP @ 774.314.7515 or the Jewish Federation @ 508.756.1543, x201.
The event is hosted by Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, 55 Illinois St., Worcester, MA
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