Black Belt Tour 2007 to stop by Selma first

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Last year Selma was fortunate enough to be one of the stops on the tour of the &8220;Gee’s Bend&8221; play and this year another promising production is coming this way.

The Alabama State Council of the Arts has partnered with the ArtsRevive and Selma Chapter of The Links Inc. to present &8220;Black Belt Tour 2007&8221; Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m at the Pickard Auditorium. The Selma High School choir will have the opportunity to perform with Cinque Cullar and the Tribe of Judah of Alabama State University as they depict the era of Gospel music from its origin to the present. Selma will be the first stop on the tour.

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Tickets can be purchased at the Centre for Commerce, Selma Dallas County Public Library, Truax & Co. and from any Links or ArtsRevive member.

Advance tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Tickets purchased at the door will be $5 for students and $7 for adults.

Cinque Cullar and the Tribe of Judah is a student organization on the campus of Alabama State, which was

organized 10 years ago. The Tribe’s performances, which include various genres of Gospel music, are described as energetic, captivating and inspirational, combining step, dance and drama.

Earline Larkin serves as publicity chairman for The Links and Molly Gamble of ArtsRevive and Nancy Sewell of The Links serve as event co-chairs.

Along with their hard work and those assisting with the event, a $6K grant was awarded the project by the Council of the Arts to aid with expenses, as the performers will need room and board among other things during their three-day stay. The group will train and rehearse on Tuesday and Wednesday before the performance.