A moment of unity and community is shaping up on Saturday as the George Washington Community Center presents the debut of the Community Unity Choir at a free concert, led by local gospel artist Minister Trini Green.
“The choir is made up of people from the community – all of their neighbors and friends in the choir,” said Angelita Jackson, co-director of the community center.
“Just come have fun with all the familiar songs,” she encouraged. “I’m excited.”
The concert will begin at 6 p.m. at the Community Center, located at 2302 Holland St. Jackson said they were thrilled to have popular Florida-based Marshall native radio personality Tamara Gant as the emcee for the opportunity. Known as “Tamara G”, she is formerly one half of the dynamic duo known as “Those 2 Girls in The Morning” with Julie Guy on WFLC 97.3 The Coast in Miami.
Green, who will be joined by fellow local artist Darius Bailey to lead the choir, said they were delighted with the choir’s debut.
“The Community Unity Choir is a collection of familiar voices from across the city who have actually been part of the community – as a minister of music as a musician – even Darius Bailey, he now operates as a gospel artist” , Green said.
“I got everyone,” he said of everyone’s involvement in the project.
Green, who served as music minister for 33 years, beginning his freshman year in high school with his own renowned choir “Trini Green and Company,” said he was happy to now be back at Marshall to continue serving. – not just as the pastor of his local “MBAssee” church, but as the director of the unit choir.
He is excited about the vision for the choir as it fulfills its mission to rekindle the love of music and lift spirits through song.
“So many people haven’t had the opportunity to sing because of the pandemic, and some churches are just starting to come back full time, reopening the sanctuary,” Green said.
“We’ve been so excited, from the moment we started, about a month ago, we were consistent with our rehearsal, and Thursday night everything went really well,” he said of the choir. “We didn’t get as many as we wanted, but for those that did come out, it was almost just a music boost.
“You could see the sparkle in their eyes. The music was so encouraging and instructive,” Green said of the rehearsals.
He encourages the public to go out on Saturday and enjoy the music in a relaxed atmosphere in good company.
“It’s a good opportunity to participate in the memory of music,” he says.
“I would like people to come out to experience the unity in the Marshall community…as people, neighbors and especially leaders.
“The Jacksons are doing a great thing,” Green said of community center directors, husband and wife team Kenneth and Angelita Jackson. The cause is very good for children; they do it for young people, focusing on bringing the community together, focusing on the value young people have in the community, and trying to beat crime.
Jackson said a silent auction will take place at Saturday’s event, offering designer handbags and more. The concert is free, but a $5 donation will be accepted. Proceeds from raffle tickets, donations and a silent auction will benefit the George Washington Carver Community Center basketball court renovation project.
Jackson said the community center will also be accepting registrations for the center’s school supply event, which is scheduled for Aug. 6.
Prior to the concert, the community center will host a free web design class at the center, starting Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon.