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This singalong concert will provide an opportunity for people across the Pioneer Valley to come together to sing songs of freedom, hope, and justice. We will celebrate the work of groups working for racial justice – as well as on immigrant rights, climate, and peace.
Lea Gilmore is a blues, gospel, and jazz-singing civic activist who has lent her voice, literally and figuratively, to advocacy for the underserved of the world for many years. Essence Magazine named her one of the “25 Women Shaping the World” in 2005. She has worked tirelessly to advance racial justice and bridge divides in her native Baltimore, particularly since the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. www.leagilmore.com Here is an example of her strong voice singing “Nobody’s Fault but Mine”.
Lea will be joined by:
Brother Louie is an award-winning blues pianist and vocalist who often accompanies Lea in her work. www.professorlouie.com
The Amherst Area Gospel Choir, under the leadership of Jacqui Wallace, performs regularly at a variety of events in the Amherst area as well as Sunday mornings at Zion AME Church.
Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, creators of Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks. Annie & Peter have been holding “Hope & Courage” concerts to build resilience and resistance to the attacks being made against women, racial minorities, immigrants and the earth. www.riseupandsing.org