A Black History month celebration was held Monday night at the Jewish Federation Senior Housing complex in Oak Park, Michigan, where the Jubilee Choir was the special guest. The celebration featured the Jubilee Choir of Southfield, consisting of nearly thirty children, ranging in ages 2 – 12.
The choir sang under the direction of Minister Stephanie Thomas of Auburn Hills. They are multi-talented, and they demonstrated their skills to an audience that filled the dining area of the senior complex.
The choir gave renditions of Kirk Franklin’s ‘Smile,’ and dancers danced to Mary Mary’s ‘Loose My Shackles.’ Other children participated in a skit, giving us their version of the Rosa Parks’ bus ride. Invited guest sang and gave a speech in celebration of Black History Month.
Minister Thomas says she loves children, and one of the reasons she started the choir was to help build her granddaughter’s self-esteem. Min. Thomas shared that her granddaughter was shy, now she enjoys the choir and being with other children.
Minister Stephanie has been giving back to the Jewish Community for fifteen years, and will continue as long as her mother-in-law (101) lives in the Senior Citizen complex.
Minister Stephanie has a volunteer staff that assists her with the management of the children, audio, costumes, transportation and choreography.