Maria Fidelis Convent School Gospel choir, with jazz trumpeter Abram Wilson and quartet (Embassy photo by SJ Mayhew)
The Maria Fidelis Convent School Gospel Choir, in Euston, led by Karen Gibson, performed at a reception at the US Embassy in London recently, to commemorate the life and work of American civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
The choir performed a gospel and spiritual tribute with New Orleans-native jazz trumpeter Abram Wilson and his quartet.
Guests included civil rights campaigners, members of Parliament and students from the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. The event featured a recitation of excerpts from Dr King’s speeches by Tony Award-winning actor James Earl Jones, currently starring in the West End production 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'
Earlier in the day, US Ambassador Louis Susman and embassy staff participated in a volunteer event at St Matthias Church in Poplar, helping to paint the building and organise the garden with the Winant Clayton Volunteers (WCV) and Neighbours in Poplar (NIP). WCV is a US-UK volunteer exchange program co-founded in 1948 by then US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, John Winant. NIP is a charity serving disadvantaged groups and is still run by its founder, Sister Christine Frost.