The concert line-up includes Luther Barnes and his band, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Micah Stampley, hip-hop artist Uncle Reese, Jermaine Dolly and Lady Erica Donalson. The Piney Woods School Choir (aka The Cotton Blossoms Singers) will open the program. The event will be hosted by Willie Moore, Jr., the host of the syndicated radio program “The Willie Moore Jr. Show” that is heard in 21 markets.
“We’re very excited,” says radio executive Jerry Smith, one of the event organizers. “So many artists have offered their support via either a PSA or donating time to perform at the concert.”
A public service announcement campaign featuring Jussie Smollett and James T. Alfred from FOX TV’s drama series Empire and gospel artists ranging from Kirk Franklin to Candi Staton is in force at radio stations nationwide.
The Piney Woods School is not an ordinary institution. It is a boarding school that provides an oasis for students thirsty to escape their rough environment--over 75% of them hail from lower income neighborhoods where peer pressure and failing school systems often discourage learning--to pursue higher education. The Piney Woods School’s rigorous educational, spiritual and vocational curriculums surround students with positive peer pressure and 99% of the graduating seniors are admitted to colleges and universities. The school has been chronicled on 60 Minutes, and U.S. News & World Report profiled it as one of the top 10 boarding schools in the nation.
From Bill Carpenter