"Praying for Sheetrock" Comes to Life in Song

09/24/2012
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Phone: 6787-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

“Power, Praise and Politics” Highlights Role  of Black Church in Political Change

The success of the African-American struggle for civil rights in America grew from an historic practice of nonviolence, the Black church and its primary form of political communication: gospel music. All three would affect how blacks in America would become energized about political issues for the next 50 years.

One place where that political force would come into its own, albeit a few years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr.’s death, was in McIntosh County, Ga. where in the 1970s, racial inequalities were still handed down by the local white elite government. That is, until a small congregation used gospel music as a means to help affect lasting political change. This true story is told in the 2012 GPC Reads selection, “Praying for Sheetrock.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., Georgia Perimeter College and GPC Reads will host a unique event celebrating this movement. “Power, Praise and Politics,” features the St. Paul AME Voices of Hope choir, the Rev. Marc Grace  and Dr. Valerie Dotson, GPC professor of African American literature, as well as GPC music students. The program is free, and will be in the Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center auditorium on the Clarkston campus.

Songs to be performed by students, faculty and the St. Paul AME Voices of Hope singers include “Go Down Moses,” “Oh Happy Day,” and “We Shall Overcome.” Students will read excerpts from “Praying for Sheetrock,” the free event. Light refreshments will be served after the performance.

For information, contact Rebecca Rakoczy at Rebecca.rakoczy@gpc.edu; or call 678-891-2691.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 24,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro