12th Annual Gospel Extravaganza Recognizes Black History Through Music

ACC’s 12th annual Gospel Extravaganza brought the community together at Eastview Campus for a day of soulful performances in honor of Black History Month.

“The Gospel Extravaganza strongly depicts the relevance of music in black history as well as in black culture today,” says Loretta Edelen, director of community outreach and the event coordinator. “Our culture is made richer by how we communicate, and this is a great event to celebrate music as that means of communication and expression.”

More than 250 attendees enjoyed spirituals, gospel music, and spoken word performances. The event included the Gospel Extravaganza Choir, comprised of ACC faculty, staff, and students. Donald and Bernice Seamster, who originated the event’s concept in 2000, performed “Strolling Through Black History,” a musical narrative.

“It was important to have this event at Eastview as it allowed the college to share the gift of hope with East Austin,” said gospel hip-hop performer and ACC staff member Eric Merino.

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