Patrick D. McCoy conducts choral group in star-studded Alpha MLK Gala at Constitution Hall

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. General President "Skip" Mason selected Patrick D. McCoy to conduct a select choral ensemble at Constitution Hall in the star-studded gala, MLK: A Monumental Life in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By: Hyacinth K. Scott
Photo Credit:  Dana Morgan
Photo Credit: Dana Morgan
Aug. 30, 2011 - PRLog -- Patrick D. McCoy was recently honored to conduct a special choral ensemble composed of choir members from Takoma Park Baptist Church, where he has served as Minister of Music since 2006 and talented friends from within the Washington, D. C. community.  The white tie formal gala was the official MLK Kick-off presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., of which McCoy is a proud brother of.  ”Words can not express the gratitude that I have to ”Skip” for this national performance platform for such a historic occasion."said McCoy.   The production was performed at Historic Constitution Hall and was a large scale theatrical and musical presentation conceived by General President "Skip" Mason on a recent trip to South Africa.  It was a magnificent event, celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and rejoicing in the erection of the Memorial to King on the National Mall.  The choir rehearsed for three weeks and was excited about the opportunity.  Many of the singers joined McCoy at the National Press Club in 2009, performing for a special inaugural reception hosted by Mason.  That event was his first official event as President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was in celebration of the election of Barack Obama as the nation's first African-American President.
The choir performed with Sunday Best winner Y'anna Crawley during the church reinactment scene with celebrated actor Clifton Davis.  Celebrity performers included Kenny Lattimore, Denyce Graves, Ann Nesby, Tramaine Hawkins, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jasmine Guy, Lalah Hathaway, Dawnn Lewis, Avery Brooks, Joseph Joubert, Della Reese, Tim Reid, Daphne Maxwell Reid, The Morehouse Glee Club, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Victoria Rowell, Hill Harper, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Derek ”Fonsworth Bentley" Watkins and Marvin Winans among others.  ”This was a major milestone and I am indebted to producer and director Kenneth Green for his artistic insight and genius.  McCoy concluded.

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Source:Hyacinth K. Scott
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