The WVU Paul Robeson/Mahalia Jackson Choir will travel to Wheeling and Martinsburg this month to perform several gospel concerts.
The choir will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Wheeling at the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple and Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the Martinsburg High School auditorium.
For an hour prior to each show, a representative from the West Virginia University Financial Aid Office as well as graduate and undergraduate students will be speaking with high school students interested in pursuing an education beyond high school. WVU Financial Aid will offer students advice on how to pay for a college and students will discuss advantages of getting a college education.
Since 1999, the 40-member choir of undergraduates, graduates and WVU alumni has traveled extensively and performed upbeat gospel selections throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Delaware, New York, Maryland and Canada.
The Paul Robeson/Mahalia Jackson choir was established in February 1992 during Black History Month and stems from the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research. The choir is named after two extraordinary African American gospel singers: Paul Robeson and Mahalia Jackson, both known for their fierce dignity and ability to strive against immense adversity.