UNIVERSITY CHOIR PERFORMS FOR REV. JESSE JACKSON IN CHICAGO
North Carolina A&T State University Choir, under the direction of Maestro Travis W. Alexander, performed for Rev. Jesse Jackson during their Spring Recruitment Concert Tour on Saturday, April 14, as part of The Rainbow PUSH Saturday Morning Televised Forum.
The forum is televised live across the country and internationally on the Word Network. This unique blend of political rally, entertainment, information sharing and church service began during Jackson’s early days in the city and became a mandatory stop for clergy, celebrities, and political figures visiting Chicago.
This performance was the highlight of the University Choir’s spring recruitment tour of Louisville, Ky. and Chicago. The choir was featured exclusively throughout the broadcast, with N.C. A&T, Alexander and the University Choir all receiving grand introductions by Jackson’s son and A&T alum, Jonathan Jackson. In addition to singing Negro spirituals and gospel music, The choir also was able to spend a few fun quality moments with Jackson afterward, in which he prayed a special prayer of blessing for the choir, took photos and then had an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity moment with Alexander his fraternity brother.
The tour began April 12, with a concert at Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. On April 13th, the choir traveled to Chicago and performed at Martin Temple AME Zion Church. On April 14th, the choir performed at Rainbow Push International Headquarters, and on April 15th, the choir performed at First Baptist Congregational Church and Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church.
Alexander took 35 of the 40 plus University Choir students on the tour. All but three are music majors and the others are students majoring in civil engineering, journalism and mass communication and visual art design who demonstrate exceptional music abilities.
The choir also sang classical masterworks and jazz, in addition to spirituals and gospel music. The Chicago alumni chapter president and other alumni stood proudly and shouted as the students were given on opportunity at each stop to say “AGGIE PRIDE.”