By David Daggett

Even I can be moved to dance, clap, or at least move if the music is right. I recently had the privilege of joining the North Carolina A&T State University Fellowship Gospel Choir at a performance for a Black History Month celebration at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

This choir brings energy and passion with a strong message and remarkable gospel music.

One of the most important and empowering legacies of African American churches is the gospel music it gave birth to. This April, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the N.C. A&T Gospel Choir and we also celebrate the choir’s thirtieth year under the direction of Ronald Jones, whom I met last month. Mr. Jones and his choir are outstanding!

Gospel music was founded by the “father of black gospel music,” Thomas A. Dorsey, who changed the genre in the 1930s to encompass the jazz and blues influences he experienced as a professional musician. He then became the music director of a Baptist church in Chicago. His compositions are classics of the genre and define classic gospel music to this day.

The mission of the N.C. A&T Gospel Choir is to stimulate, promote and provide a socio-religious organization that embraces the love of gospel music. Established in 1969, the choir has toured the country and has competed in numerous competitions, receiving first-place awards in many categories.

They specialize in reaching out to the campus, the community, and to their peers to promote spiritual growth and spiritual excellence. Indeed, the choir is active on and off the campus of N.C. A&T, performing for students, churches and civic groups, alike.

The choir’s Anniversary Concert will be held Sunday, April 28, at 6 p.m. at the Corbett Sports Center on the campus of North Carolina A&T. Doors open at 5 p.m..

This special performance will be recorded for a commemorative live album. Please put the anniversary concert on your calendar – you won’t want to miss it!

The North Carolina A&T State University Fellowship Gospel Choir will hold an anniversary concert on April 28