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Lori Ann Christian

The Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy will present Amandla! performing a musical timeline of African music in celebration of Black History Month on Sunday, March 2, at 4:00 pm

Amandla! is the duo of Lori Ann Christian, a soprano, and Oliver Greene, Jr., a baritone. Their performances are dedicated to the performance and preservation of music by or about participants in the African diaspora.

Leah Summers, GHA’s Interim Head of School, feels that the performance is an important demonstration of the close ties between the Jewish people and the civil rights movement.

“The late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose memory we just honored on MLK Day, once said, ‘My people were brought in America in chains. Your people were driven here to escape the chains fashioned for them in Europe. Our unity is born out of our common struggle for centuries, not only to rid us of bondage, but to make oppression of any people by others an impossibility.’ This is a vital message to share with our students and our community, and our celebration of Black History Month reminds us of Dr. King’s charge to both our communities—to work together to achieve freedom for all.”

 

Editor’s note: there will be no charge to attend the performance, but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, email speakers@ghacademy.org and write “Amandla” in the subject line. Also, due to the recent snow, the show has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 2, at 4:00 pm.