by Jacquelyn McDonald, For New Pittsburgh Courier
The pageantry abounded at the Annual Black History Month Program at Pentecostal Temple Church Of God In Christ, 6300 East Liberty Blvd., held Feb. 23. It saluted and themed Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Pittsburgh’s newest opera talent, Chantal Braziel, electrified the program from the start with her rendition of writer Harry T. Burleigh’s spiritual song, “Ride On, King Jesus.” Drama director Bridgette Ways presented her actors and rhythmic dancers while the psalmists captured every extraordinary note of their individual solos. Joseph Dukes offered a liturgical mime to the delight of all who attended.
The Rachel L. Randall Education Department President, Evangelist Denise White, known for her dedication and tenacity in enlightening the youth of the church, displayed a Plaque of Accomplishment for veteran host and broadcaster Chris Moore. Moore has provided commentary on WQED, PCNC, as well as KDKA Radio, challenging Pittsburghers to think about specific social issues for more than four decades.
Evangelist White emphasized the importance of acknowledging and encouraging our community leaders who continuously present a positive impact on our future generations. Dr Herbert V.R.P. Jones was facilitator and assisted in programming.
(ABOUT THE TOP PHOTO: THE YOUTH DANCERS)