A Legacy of Love

I am SO excited for this amazing choir to celebrate 30 years.

On Sunday, June 12 at 3:30 pm, come to Middle Church (2nd Ave and E. 7th Street) to hear the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir sing in their 30th Anniversary concert, A Legacy of Love. The choir has sung at Carnegie Hall, The Today Show, and sings annually in the New York City Pride March. The ensemble is Black, White, Asian, and Latino; Gay, Straight, and Trans; and Christian, Buddhist, and Atheist.

On June 12, they will sing from their diverse catalog including the Oscar-winning song “Glory” from the soundtrack of the movie Selma, “Love Train,” and gospel favorites like “Mary, Don’t You Weep.” There is a suggested donation of $30 for admission.

The choir sings in the streets, rallies, and in sanctuaries for marriage equality and racial justice in addition to regularly singing at Middle Church. June 12 also marks the 49th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court Ruling making interracial marriages legal. 

The choir was founded in 1986 by East Village actor and singer Jerriese Johnson. It has grown to about 50 members. It is directed by John Del Cueto and accompanied by Dionne McClain-Freeney and the Middle Church Band. 

The senior minister of Middle Church is The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, the first African American and woman to lead a Collegiate Church of New York since its founding in 1628.

Jacqui Lewis