Tribute to Rev. Timothy Wright

December 29th, 2011 by Black Gospel Choir


June 17, 1947 – April 24, 2009

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Timothy Wright started on piano at age 12, and sang and composed for his church choir as a teenager at the St. John’s Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God in Brooklyn. He played piano for Bishop F. D. Washington and Isaac Douglas in the 1960s and 1970s, including on recordings, and he formed his own gospel ensemble in the mid-1970s, the Timothy Wright Concert Choir. He eventually became pastor of the Pentecostal Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York and issued albums regularly from 1990.
Rev. Wright’s 1994 album Come Thou Almighty King, with the New York Fellowship Mass Choir, made Billboard’s Top 20 chart for gospel albums and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, as was his 1999 release Been There Done That.

On July 4, 2008, Rev. Wright was critically injured in a car crash on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, a crash which killed his wife and grandson as well as the driver of the oncoming car. Nine months after the devastating car crash left him paralyzed he died April 24, 2009 as a result of these injuries, at the age of 61.


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December 18th, 2011 by Black Gospel Choir


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Honored for lifetime of music

December 18th, 2011 by admin
Rosemary Griffin Music minister


“If it were not for God, I would not be here. Even in working with my students, they knew that Mrs. Griffin was first a Christian, then a teacher”. said Ms Griffin in an interview.
During its Gospel Heritage Festival at Bethel AME Church in Columbia,SC. Griffin was presented the Gospel Heritage Legacy award, an honor from the Renaissance Foundation.

The 64-year-old is the widow of the late Dr. N.L.A. Griffin, founder of Greater Faith Baptist Church in Orangeburg serves as music minister. She feels it’s important to keep that gospel tradition and the gospel genre is worthy of preservation.

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Bishop Paul S. Morton – Not about me, but You

December 18th, 2011 by admin


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History – William Carney

December 18th, 2011 by Black Gospel Choir

Slave – Medal of Honor


William Harvey Carney (February 29, 1840 – December 8, 1908) was an American Civil War soldier and the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor.
Carney was born a slave in Norfolk, Virginia, but escaped to Massachusetts like his father through the Underground Railroad. They later bought the rest of the family out of slavery.
Carney served with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Sergeant and took part in the July 18, 1863, assault on Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his medal for saving the American flag and planting it on the parapet and although wounded, holding it while the troops charged. But recognizing the Federal troops had to retreat under fire, Carney struggled back across the battlefield, and although wounded twice more, returned the flag to the Union lines. Before turning over the colors to another survivor of the 54th, Carney modestly said, “Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!”
Carney was awarded the Medal of Honor May 23, 1900, nearly 40 years after his act of bravery. In later life, Carney was a postal employee and popular speaker at patriotic events. He died in Boston, Massachusetts, and is buried in the family plot at Oak Grove Cemetery in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Engraved on his stone monument is a gold image of the Medal of Honor. – photo

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