February 22, 2003

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Notes of faith: Gospel choirs gain popularity in public schools (Colette M. Jenkins, Feb. 15, 2003, Akron Beacon Journal)
Gospel music is a source of inspiration and hope for Sarah Miller.

"I feel something way beyond the music,'' the Buchtel High School senior says. "It encourages me and strengthens my faith in God through its messages.''

Miller is among the students making up a growing number of gospel choirs in public schools, colleges and universities. In addition to bringing inspiration to audiences, the choirs have brought cultural renewal and fellowship to many of those who participate.

While the choirs primarily attract African-Americans and Christians, members of other faith groups and ethnic backgrounds also participate. (One local choir director remembers an atheist who joined the choir and later became a Christian.)


We had a gospel chorus at our elementary school (which I was the only white person in) and we used to go on field trips to sing at churches in Newark. Hard to believe folks can still do so without the ACLU getting its panties in a twist. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2003 12:02 PM
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My daughter sings in the school choir. It is not a gospel choir, but they will sing church music from time to time. Singing a religious song is not the same as praying. If you are not religiously inclined, the words are just incidental, it is musical qualities of the song that count.

Posted by: Robert D at February 22, 2003 1:47 PM

It's always been my impression around various colleges, that the heavily black membership of many of these gospel choirs seems to give them political protection against overzealous school administrators. A useful thing in its result, I suppose, though perhaps a bit disappointing in another sense.

Posted by: John Thacker at February 22, 2003 2:22 PM
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