LCU hosts 3rd annual Gospel Concert, MLK panel discussion

 Louisiana Christian University’s Third Annual Gospel Choir Concert will take the stage in Guinn Auditorium Thursday at 6:30p.m.

The choir, which will play both traditional and contemporary gospel music, includes students, alumni and community members, including the Zion Hill Church worship team and will be directed by senior theatre major and former SGA President Terrell Phillips.

“It’s a different style music many students aren’t used to hearing,” Phillips said. “It taps into a culture that I am used to and a lot of African Americans are used to but a lot of people haven’t heard before.”

Next week, two more events will celebrate Black History Month: a showing of the 2014 film “Selma,” which depicts the voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery led by Martin Luther King Jr. It be shown in the Granberry Conference Center on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7.30 p.m. 

The next evening will be a panel discussion on the perspective on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how we have or have not realized much of his dream. The event will be held in Guinn Auditorium on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. 

“Diversity is something I want us to celebrate everyday at Louisiana Christian University, said President Rick Brewer, “but we are excited to spend special time to honor and note the important contributions of African Americans this month.”

Panelists for the event include:

  • • Dr. Arthur Mazhambe, Business Department 
  • • Dr. Henry Robertson, History Department 
  • • Dr. Scott Pickard, History Department 
  • • Dr. Frances Powell, School of Human Behavior 
  • • Dr. Emmanuel Johnson, School of Human Behavior 
  • • Dr. Joann Brown, School of Nursing 
  • • Professor Victory Lemons, School of Nursing 
  • • Dr. Joshua Dara, School of Human Behavior 

“Black History Month was created to honor the contributions of African Americans to the United States,” said Joshua Joy Dara, associate vice president for engagement and enrichment. Everyone can participate in the celebration because it is all about overcoming trials and celebrating triumphs.” 

The concert, movie and panel discussion are free events to the public.