Black History Month Celebration Concert: From Dorsey to Dillard

Molly Grace WatkinsASOTA, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile invites you to a Black History Month celebration concert directed by Worship Leadership student, Kenneth Brandon.

This event will be held on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at UM’s College Woods Center. This concert is free and open to the public.

In celebration of Black History Month, Brandon says, “This evening will focus on the rich heritage and unmistakable sound of gospel music. The evening will be a celebration of Christ’s nature through an incredible demonstration of culture.”

Thomas Andrew Dorsey was an American musician, composer, and Christian evangelist influential in the development of early blues and 20th-century gospel music. He penned 3,000 songs, a third of them gospel, including “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” and “Peace in the Valley.”

Ricky Rydell Dillard, born in 1965, is an American gospel musician who currently has written many different albums. All of his Christian albums charted on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.

This evening is a true celebration of the evolution of gospel music. ASOTA students are featured vocalists at this event.

About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. 

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