VSU Gospel Chorale Performs at Presidential Inauguration Weekend Event
Published date: January 23, 2013
The VSU Gospel Chorale made history yet again this past Saturday. On late Tuesday night last week, the choir was extended a special invitation by the Presidential Inauguration Committee to perform at the DC Citywide Interfaith Food Drive. This was one of three activities officially recognized as part of the National Day of Service, the kick-off event of Inauguration Weekend. The purpose of this all-day event was to help restock the food pantries in the DC area and to answer the President's call to "serve and feed thy neighbor."
This invitation was extremely special because there are a number of churches, colleges, and universities in the DC and surrounding areas that could have been considered. However, we were personally recommended by a VSU alumna, Ms. Marilyn Franklin, to be a part of this auspicious occasion. In addition to two breathtaking performances, a short set of songs in the morning and a mini-concert that afternoon, choir members also lent a hand and participated in the counting and sorting of food items.
Unfortunately, we could not advertise this wonderful news in advance due to security measures because First Lady Michelle Obama was slated to be in attendance. Even though there were schedule changes and she did not make it as planned, we were fortunate to be in the presence of Dr. Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nations and former Secretary of State nominee, and Dr. Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
We'd like to extend special thanks to President Miller and his staff for helping to make our last minute travel possible, support from alumnae Ms. Marilyn Franklin and Mr. Yvette Robinson, SGA President Brandon Randleman, and Ms. Anita Wynn of Institutional Advancement, as well as the awesome hospitality from the DC, Prince George's County, and Northern Virginia Alumni Chapters. As always, we thank our faculty, staff, and students for your continued support.
Please take a moment to view pictures from the event: http://bit.ly/ObamaDOS