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Charleston Gospel Choir at Piccolo Spoleto: Black Pupil Educated Against All Odds Sat May 28
5/26/2016 5:05:02 PM


The Charleston Gospel Choir is pleased to present its The Black Pupil: Educated Against All Odds, The Epic Story of How Black Educators Triumphed, Saturday, May 28 at Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King Street, Charleston, 5:00pm under the musical direction of David A. Richardson as part of the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Through song and narration, the performance weaves
 the story of the historical struggle and perseverance of black students denied equal access to formal education and the will and persistence of black educators to develop the black community’s intellectuals and scholars despite all odds. 


The internationally acclaimed Charleston Gospel Choir will perform moving gospel standards from Post-Reconstruction through the Jim Crow era including Precious Memories, Beams of Heaven, Grateful and At the Altar All to tell the story how newly educated black children and teachers triumphed over deplorable conditions that included one-room classrooms with little or no heat.

“The 1970s ushered in an era of post-Vietnam male teachers, a trend that has since decreased over the years. These men provided black male role models who were part of the unique “it takes a village” model I knew growing up in Berkeley County. The entire community, black and white educators, were vested and strongly behind black pupils’ success. Education is such a life-defining part of the human experience; though separate but “not” equal continues to be a part of the American experience,  this story means a great deal to me and our diverse choir members,” said Lee Pringle, Charleston Gospel Choir President and event producer.

“The legacy of educators we all take with us throughout life. I am once again moved as an educator to conduct this Piccolo Spoleto performance to reflect on the gifts of those long gone but whose legacy continues to live long after they are no longer with us,” said David A. Richardson, Music Director.

Piccolo Spoleto Tickets and Information

Charleston Gospel Choir

The Black Pupil: Educated Against All Odds

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 5:00pm

Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King Street, Charleston SC

General Admission tickets:

$21 adults

$11 children or students with ID

Tickets: 811-4111; at door (cash or check only) up to one half hour before event


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