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IU Northwest to host a concert by Montgomery Gospel Trio on Feb. 9

Women use song to relay messages of Civil Rights Movement


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Erika Rose
Office of Marketing and Communications

In honor of Black History Month, the Indiana University Northwest Offices of Diversity Programming and Multicultural Affairs invite the campus and community to enjoy the sounds of the Montgomery Gospel Trio at 9 a.m., Thursday, February 9 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

Minnie McCants Harris, Jamila Jones and Gladys Carter began singing together as elementary school students in Montgomery, Alabama. Drawn together by a common interest in music and bonds to family and church, they formed a trio that spoke to the needs of the Civil Rights Movement through song.

While in junior high school, the group was chosen to attend the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, a well-known academic center established to promote worldwide political and cultural change. In 1961, the trio appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall as a fundraiser for the school and to bring the message of the Civil Rights Movement to a wider audience through song.

Refreshments will be served at the free event. Participants are advised to park at Arts on Grant, located just west of the IU Northwest campus in the Village Shopping Center at 37th Avenue and Grant Street, and take the RedHawk Shuttle to campus.

Please arrive early as event seating will be limited to auditorium capacity. For more information, contact Phyllis Barlow at (219) 980-6596.