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Ambassador of African-American spirituals to perform on March 16

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Calvin Earl

Rappahannock Community College is partnering with Richmond County Public Schools’ Multicultural and Diversity Committee and Richmond County Museum to present Calvin Earl, storyteller and preservationist of African-American Spirituals, on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. in the lecture hall at Rappahannock Community College, 52 Campus Drive, Warsaw. The event is free and open to the public.

Passion for the preservation of the Spirituals led Earl to lobby for the introduction of twin resolutions (H. Res. 120 and S. Res. 69) in the United States Congress in 2007 to honor American slaves for their contributions to the nation and recognize the African-American Spiritual as a national treasure. Earl is referred to in the legislation as a “noted performer and educator of the African-American Spirituals.” Due to his successful efforts in the passage of the legislation, Earl became known as the “Ambassador of the African-American Spirituals.” In 2008, President George W. Bush presented him with a Presidential Proclamation “celebrating the extraordinary talents and creativity of African-American singers, musicians and composers whose achievements have enriched our culture and enhanced our lives.”

posted 02.07.2019

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