Let Justice Roll Down Concert and Sing-Along

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NOTE:  Due to weather, this event has been postponed until Wednesday, April 5. See you then!

On Friday, March 31 Wednesday, April 5, area congregations and civic organizations throughout the Brattleboro area are coming together to support "Let Justice Roll Down," a concert and sing-along at Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Drive in Guilford. The concert will provide an opportunity for many across the valley to stand together for the rights of those facing serious threats to their safety, rights and dignity. This event is a benefit for Black Lives Matter Vermont and the Root Social Justice Center.

The concert will feature Lea Gilmore, a blues-gospel singer and civic activist. She has lent her voice, literally and figuratively, to advocacy for the underserved of the world for many years. Essence Magazine named her one of the "25 Women Shaping the World" in 2005. She has worked tirelessly to advance racial justice and bridge divides in her native Baltimore and around the world. Accompanying Lea will be award winning blues pianist and vocalist Professor Louie.

The Guilford Church Choir and the music group House Blend will perform, as will Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, musicians and songbook editors, who are nationally-recognized for their work in creating the songbooks "Rise Up Singing" and "Rise Again." They have made it their life's work to build community and promote peace and justice throughout the world through group singing. Their first songbook helped spur a renaissance of group singing across North America. Studs Terkel called "Rise Up Singing," "the best, most exhilarating and glorious history of the United States: a singing history. It is more than a lovely songbook — it's a play-work-fight-freedom hymnal." www.riseupandsing.org

The program will celebrate the work that regional groups are doing for social justice.

The Brattleboro area "Let Justice Roll Down" concert is one of six similar events throughout New England. The idea for this tour grew out a benefit concert (featuring Gilmore, Patterson and Blood) that filled a large venue in Baltimore last spring raising funds for Tubman House, a new community center located in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested just before his death in a police van in 2015.

The concern begins at 7:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $20 for adults, $5 for those under 18, in advance or at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Advance tickets available at: www.riseupandsing.org/events/justice-brattleboro.