We Don't Do Shout Outs...
... but, it's hard not to during Black History Month. So, to those who fought and stood for their rights, so that we could have rights. To those who gave their lives, so that we could live and enjoy our lives. To those whose shoulders we now stand on - proud and tall - able to say, "Yes, we can" and "Yes, we did," we pay homage and give a huge "Shout Out." I think it's important to note here, also, that it was music that has carried us through over the years. Whether it was a Negro spiritual, the Blues, Jazz, a hymn, a Gospel song, Praise and Worship, music has been the balm in our most troubled and joyous times. From the days of slavery (remember, "Steal Away," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," which had hidden lyrics referring to the Underground Railroad); to the songs of Thomas Dorsey ("Take My Hand, Precious Lord"), Mahalia Jackson, the Fisk Jubilee Singers ("There's A Great Camp Meeting"), Albertina Walker and The Caravans, James Cleveland ("I Don't Feel No Ways Tired"), Shirley Caesar, Edwin Hawkins ("Oh, Happy Day"); to Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Richard Smallwood ("I'll Trust You"), Tye Tribbett... and the list goes on and on. JGC wants to give a resounding shout out and thank you for inspiring, encouraging, and lifting us through your music.
Finally, we could not let this opportunity go by without a victorious SHOUT OUT to our 44 th President BARACK OBAMA . You make all of us proud to be Americans!