On September 29th – 30th in Port Gibson, Mississippi the Mississippi Humanities Council sponsored the event “Comfort My Soul: A Celebration of Gospel Music.”
Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 pm, the first event was called “Hold That Thought”. The event was a live broadcast with panelists. Some special guests that spoke during the event were Rev. Joe A. Washington, a Gabriel Tones Gospel Singer and Radio Personality, Shirika “ReRe” Flowers, a God’s Children Gospel Singer and Songwriter and Dwayne Watkins, a former member and producer of the Canton Spirituals. The topic that was discussed was “Gospel Music Crossovers”
Friday, September 30th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm there was an event where presenters and panelists spoke on a plethora of topics concerning Gospel music. Some of the panelists were Rev. Michael Herrin, Jerome Williams, Percy Davis, Fred Hall, Jerome Myles, Jonas Q. Ross and Bishop Issac Lindsey Sr. “I was able to make Friday’s event which we talked about what it means to be a radio angel and how does Gospel music impact people’s lives,” stated Jerome Myles, Music Director at Alcorn State University.
Later Friday night at 7:00 pm there was a Gospel concert. Alcorn State University’s Gospel Choir attended as well as Jerome Williams and the Christian Harmonizers, The Sensational Chosen Voices and Paul Porter and the Christianaires. The event was open to the public with free admission but donations were accepted. Everyone had to wear a mask and practice social distancing at Rose Hill Christian Church in Lorman, Mississippi.
Some sponsors that made the event possible were Mississippi Humanities, Alcorn Southwest Mississippi Center for Culture and Learning, National Endowment for the Arts, Visit Mississippi and Mississippi Cultural Crossroads Arts Education Humanities and Culture.
You can check out the promotional video for the event on YouTube at (13) COMFORT MY SOUL CONFERENCE IN PORT GIBSON, MS – SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 – YouTube.