Saturday, January 5, 2019

Angelica Hairston: Challenge the Stats Impact Atlanta Concert on February 23, 2019

Angelica Hairston

Maurice Draughn

Leah Claiborne

Afemo Omilami

CTS Cello Ensemble

Spelman Dancer

Angelica Hairston writes:

The Challenge the Stats Impact Atlanta Concert on February 23, 2019, will use the power of the arts to fight for social justice in the city of Atlanta. Through music, dance, poetry, and interactive conversation, the evening events will celebrate high-caliber artists of color and highlight the work of advocates for the homeless community.

A $15 “Dinner & Discussion” serves as a prelude to the event with an insightful panel featuring some of Atlanta’s top leaders and artists working to make a change to the realities of homelessness in Atlanta. The Master of Ceremony will be actor/activist Afemo Omilami, COO Hosea Helps & Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless.

In addition to performances by Challenge the Stats founder, harpist Angelica Hairston, the concert will debut a contemporary multisensory piece of music for harp and pipe organ composed by Maurice Draughn. It is based on calls for equal justice demonstrated in the marches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pianist Leah Claiborne, Assistant Professor of African American Music at the University of the District of Columbia, will perform with Spelman University dance student/choreographer Thulani Vereen

It will also feature the Atlanta Homeward Choir, which is comprised of men and women who experience homelessness. They will perform collaboratively with the Georgia State University Choral Union.

The event takes place at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. FREE parking and concert admission ($10 donation requested) w/ RSVP at:

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