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Paul Robeson Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir


Brief History of the Paul Robeson/Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir

The Paul Robeson/Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir was established in February, 1992 during Black History month at West Virginia University by the Center for Black Culture. It began as a dream of students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Morgantown community to have a structured environment in which a wide variety of programs of cultural diversity could be established for all students. The choir gives students an opportunity to be involved in a rewarding extracurricular activity.

The choir is named in honor of two extraordinary African American talents, Paul Robeson and Mahalia Jackson. Since it’s development by the Center for Black Culture, the “PRMJ Choir” has been supported by many dedicated individuals and local churches. The Paul Robeson/Mahalia Jackson Choir is well received at the University and around the state of West Virginia. In 1992 the acapella choir had eleven members, after going inactive intermittently due to staff transitions, the choir reactivated during the Fall 2012 Semester and hopes to grow its membership significantly.

PAUL ROBESON/MAHALIA JACKSON GOSPEL CHOIR


CHOIR LEADERSHIP:

Center for Black Culture & Research Representative: Eric G Jordan, Program Coordinator CBC&R eric.jordan@mail.wvu.edu

Choir Director: shirley.robinson@mail.wvu.edu

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