The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) held a gospel concert at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C. on Sep. 29. Several gospel groups and ministers shared their words of inspiration and hymns of praise. (Janay Peters_Unsplash)

By Tashi McQueen, AFRO Political Writer,
Report For America Corps Member,
tmcqueen@afro.com

On Sep. 29 the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) held a “Gospel Extravaganza” at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C.

Several gospel groups and ministers joined Congressmen in worship. They began the service with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Black national anthem.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) attended along with other congress members like Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC-06) and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS-02).

“I will be ending my 18 years of service this December,” said Rep. Butterfield (D-NC-01), before thanking sponsors.

The Word Tabernacle Church Choir from Rocky Mountain, NC, performed “Celebrate The King,” by Ricky Dillard & New G, and “Release Your Power Lord” by Voices of Citadel.

Pastor Gabriel Powell and the ensemble from Georgia sang “Here For You” by Travis Greene. 

“We made it through a pandemic,” said Pastor Powell. “Look at your neighbor and say, ‘I am glad you are still alive.’ God is great, and he is worthy to be praised.”

HBCU choirs performed, to include Claflin University Concert Choir from Orangeburg, SC, and the Tougaloo College Chamber of Singers from Tougaloo, Miss.

“Nothing reminds me of home more than the gospel,” Rep. Thompson (D-MS-02). “I make no bones about my love for Tougaloo.”

The evening ended with a combined choir performing a medley of “Worship The Lord” by Mount Zion and “Call Him Up” by Keith Pringle.

The event had many sponsors, including Leaders of Color and SiriusXM.

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