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Black History Celebration Weekend


By: Rosa Jimenez

Speaker Carlton Byrd and Gospel Choirs Featured

Pastor Carlton Byrd is a noted television broadcast speaker.

Walla Walla University is holding its Black History Celebration this weekend, Friday Jan. 31 through Sabbath, Feb. 1. All three events will be held in the university church.

A Friday evening vespers program will feature a tribute to Nelson Mandela, presented by Black Student Christian Forum.

For Sabbath Church services, the featured speaker is Carlton Byrd, senior pastor of Oakwood University Church and the speaker/director of the Breath of Life Television Broadcast, which airs on four international television networks.

In Byrd's nineteen years of pastoral leadership in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia, Byrd has constructed and renovated churches, baptized over 3,000 persons, served on numerous denominational and community boards, along with serving as a guest minister on several religious television networks.

A gospel choir concert is slated for Sabbath afternoon, when seven gospel choirs from the Pacific Northwest will come together. This is the university's fifth annual choir concert featuring black gospel music.

Special guest artists include Wayne Bucknow, pianist and composer, who is head of the Department of Music at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala. Andrew “Benji” Young, gospel choir conductor, is founding director of Dynamic Praise Gospel Choir of Huntsville, Ala.


Friday, 8 p.m, Vespers, “Tribute to Nelson Mandela” presented by the Black Student Forum

Sabbath, 9:25 a.m., First Church Service: “Put Your War Clothes On” presented by Carlton Byrd

Sabbath, 11:30 a.m., Second Service: “Make Jesus Famous” presented by Carlton Byrd, also featuring a mass gospel choir

Sabbath, 4 p.m., “Total Praise Festival of Choirs” 




Published Jan. 30, 2014.

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