GLIDE Youth Choir Celebrates Black History Month

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GLIDE’s Youth Choir commemorated Black History Month by singing the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at Sunday Celebration February 9. They were joined by youth from Lakeshore Alternative, who presented a step performance and a video talking about their wishes for the world. GLIDE Youth Choir Director Classy Martin, who also teaches the kids at Lakeshore Alternative, says – “Our performance was excellent. Nerves were shaking but they pulled it off and were so excited and full of joy when they received a standing ovation.”
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Classy shares her experience about getting ready for the event:
“When we sing a song, I like to give some explanation about the song so that they can understand what they’re singing, and I did just that with “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” We actually tested this last week. (because I forgot to explain it). We’ve been working on this song for 4 weeks. Before I taught it, the kids did not know one word of this song. And because they didn’t know it, I decided to change some of the ‘flow’ of the song to make it more modern. The first 3 weeks, they could not get it. Their reasons we’re that the song had a lot of words and there were a lot of riff raffs in the song. (High voice low voice) So I asked ‘Do ya’ll wanna sing this?” They said everything except “YES!” Lol…I wasn’t mad or disappointed,  I just knew I needed to take a different approach. I told everyone to sit down and tell me the words to the song and what they thought it meant. Some were on point, others had no clue whatsoever. I then begin to tell the story of African-American folks. Told their story. Which is to keep singing. Giving all praises to God, to keep using your voice as they did back in the day. To thank God for bring us this far, and as the song says: “Let us March On” ’cause we still got a long way to go. To never give up… After I gave my lil speech, they begin to come up with their own meanings of the song. From there, it was magical. The song came out great. They knew what they were singing about and it showed. They sung their little hearts out, and they were so proud. I was proud.”
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