December 5th, 6PM! Central Auditorium @ RPCS! Each year the University of Orange hosts Remembering Rosa: A Concert for Peace. It is a free community concert that brings together school choirs, church choirs, civic leaders, neighbors, and residents to celebrate the power of community and music, and to remember and recognize the leaders whose shoulders we stand on, and our own capacity to be forces of positive change in our city. In 2019 we are planning Remembering Rosa as a part of the nationwide call to observe the 400th Anniversary since Africans were first brought to Jamestown in 1619.
2019 is the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America: in 1619 at Jamestown. We believe that the system established after this defining moment codified inequality in law and custom, and that addressing this legacy of injustice is intimately connected to the struggle for the rights of all people. We are observing this anniversary by sharing our stories of oppression and resistance, and organizing for a more just and equal future. We will hear from and celebrate our local Civil Rights and community leaders. Music featured in the concert will examine US history and lift up people’s struggles for justice. We are proud to debut the newly formed Orange Citywide Choir. Renowned musician and composer Margaux Simmons has created a choral piece to premiere at this year’s concert.