Celebrating Black History Month with gospel music

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            On Sunday, gospel music echoed throughout downtown Roanoke during a music festival celebrating Black History Month. Several local churches brought their choirs and singers for a Gospel Jubilee. “It means the world to me,” said lead singer, Barrett McCaine. “It’s a way, it’s an outlet for me to express my spiritually.”

More than 300 people attended the event, hosted by ColorsVA. Robert Jeffrey Jr. and Michael Hamlar came up with the idea to have a gospel jubilee just two weeks ago. “Gospel music is just something that’s a part of our rich black history,” said Jeffrey. “And so, we wanted to have a celebration of all choirs to come down to Downtown Roanoke and celebrate.”


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