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									                                                                    Presents the
                                                                18th Benefit Concert

        Fund for Southern Communities
    315 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 1061
              Decatur, GA 30030

                                                         Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
                                                                    Morehouse College
                                                                     Atlanta, Georgia
                                                                  Friday, March 25, 2011
Printing courtesy of Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta                    7:00pm
          Design courtesy of Artistic Developer
                The Fund for Southern Communities
                 Extends Sincere Appreciation To:

       AEE Sound & Lighting
Artistic Developer ~ Laryssa Wilson
         Atlanta Daily World
                                        Zelda Grant/Bag Lady & Company
                                                      Janet Hill
                                                  Patricia Latimore
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          Atlanta Daybook                          Vivian Maiden
    Atlanta Journal Constitution                   Dwana Makeba
Atlanta Magazine Social Date Book                Morehouse CASA                                            Our Mission
          Kevin R. Booker                        Morehouse College
        Fran Phillips-Calhoun           Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse
                                                                              The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC/the Fund) is a public foundation
            Imara Canady                        Angela Y. Robinson            that supports and unites organizations and donors working to create just and
        Charis Books & More           Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore   sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and
              Roy Craft                             James Smartt              celebrate all people. Through grantmaking and related activities, the Fund
          Creative Loafing                             Art Steele              fosters social change initiated by community-based groups in Georgia, North
           Ebay Classifieds                   WSB-TV Family2Family
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta                    Ivy Young
                                                                              Carolina and South Carolina.

                      We are grateful for the
                   2011 Sweet Honey Volunteers

                             Malissa Bush
                           Michael Debnam
                            Richard DuCree
                              Le Enchants
                           Simone Galloway
                            Yvonne Hodge
                             Todd Jackson                                                                    Contact Us
                             Adriel James                                                          Fund for Southern Communities
                            Florette Mattix
       National Association of Business and Professional Women                                 315 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 1061
                             Britney Sims                                                                Decatur, GA 30030
                             Austin Tucker                                                                  404-371-8404
                            Denise Tunnell                                                              www.fundforsouth.org
                            Marvin Turner                                                               fsc@fundforsouth.org
                       Ashley-Lynn Vandenburg
                            Malcolm Wyche
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            Board of Directors
    Darren L. Holmes Chair, South Carolina
  Demetria Ledbetter, Vice Chair, North Carolina
      Diane R. Roberts, Secretary, Georgia
        Fred Rossini, Treasurer, Georgia
     W. Imara Canady, Event Chair, Georgia
          Shanon Hart, North Carolina
           Shelia M. Moore, Georgia
          Dwayne T. Patterson, Georgia
     Omisade Burney-Scott, North Carolina

    Alice Eason Jenkins, Executive Director
        Gersinta Sims, Program Assistant
     Ititlayo Ihesinachi, Finance Consultant
QB Enterprises, Information Technology Consultant
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                                                                                                  FUND FOR SOUTHERN COMMUNITIES

                                                                                       The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC/The Fund) was founded in 1981. The Fund
Students Without Mothers                                                    $2,750     is comprised of concerned individuals working in partnership to provide financial sup-
To help high school students without mothers help themselves by empowering them        port and technical assistance to grassroots organizations working for social and economic
to continue their education by providing scholarships for college bound high school    justice. Dependent upon contributions from individuals, corporations and private founda-
seniors who are without their mothers due to death or other unfortunate circum-        tions, FSC is committed to making a meaningful difference in the world through social
stances.                                                                               change. To date, FSC has given more than $5 million to over 1,700 grant recipients lo-
                                                                                       cated in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, our three state service region.
Sylvan Hills Neighborhood Association                                      $2,500
To create a sense of unity and effect positive change through community-based proj-    Through its fundraising and grant making programs, the Fund for Southern Communities
ects through the neighborhood’s collective community voice.                            has created a responsible and effective link between individuals desiring to fund progres-
                                                                                       sive endeavors and groups and organizations that are working for social change.
Sylvan Hills Neighborhood Association                                      $1,000
To create a sense of unity and effect positive change through community-based proj-    The Fund for Southern Communities provides the financial resources to help move
ects through the neighborhood’s collective community voice.                            people from thought into action. FSC supports small community groups working for
                                                                                       environmental justice, women’s rights, youth development, lesbian/gay rights, worker’s
Thomasville Heights Civic League, Inc.                                      $2,000     rights, civil rights, disability rights and more. Grantees not only benefit from financial
To mobilize residents to take charge of and revitalize the neighborhood.               assistance, they are also given assistance in organizational development, fund-raising,
                                                                                       financial management and public relations. Rather than just treating the symptoms of
Trinity Towers Residents Association                                         $1,600    oppression and injustice, the Fund for Southern Communities seeks long-term solutions.
To promote unity in the residential community by advocating on behalf of seniors,
provide recreational activities and a monthly meeting forum to socialize and discuss   The Fund for Southern Communities is unusual in that it awards grants to community or-
issues relevant to the center.                                                         ganizations that are working to address the systems and structures that cause community
                                                                                       problems. Often, these organizations and projects are overlooked by traditional charities
Volunteers for Youth                                                     $2,000        and private foundations because their projects are too new, the organization is too small,
To provide services to Orange County youth helping them become contributing            or their objectives are too controversial. The Fund for Southern Communities is willing to
members of the community by cultivating strengths, encouraging positive relation-      make grants to these unique groups and organizations because we believe that communi-
ships and developing the ability to make responsible choices.                          ties working on their own behalf are powerful forces for change.

Witness for Peace                                                          $1,500      The Fund for Southern Communities is a stable, credible resource through which donors
To support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing        and businesses can support causes and organizations that are meaningful to them and
U.S. policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in    compatible with the mission of FSC. Please consider becoming a donor. If you would
Latin America and the Caribbean.                                                       like to learn more about the work of the Fund for Southern Communities or our grant
                                                                                       program, please contact our office.

                                                                                          The Fund for Southern Communities • 315 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue • Suite 1061 • Decatur, GA 30030
                                                                                                                     404-371-8404 • www.fundforsouth.org
                      The women who comprise Sweet Honey are more than enter-
                      tainers. They are artists dedicated to preserving and celebrating
                      African American culture and singing traditions. They are po-
                      ets and activists who cannot remain silent on the most pressing
                      contemporary issues. And it is the activist’s fervor and sense of
                      urgency that fuels their sometimes tender and often explosive
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                      musical drive. Sweet Honey members continuously evolve as
                                                                                          Rosedale Heights Community Association                                   $1,000
musicians, composers, arrangers, singers and storytellers, retaining an unmistakable      To come together as an association and take on the daily challenges faced by the
quality of sound, yet always sounding fresh.                                              community.
                YSAYE M. BARNWELL was born in New York City and has lived in              SEEDS                                                                        $2,000
                Washington, D.C., for over 40 years. Her life experiences have taken      To teach people to care for the earth, themselves and each other through a variety of
                her down three major paths. She began in music at the age of 2½,          garden-based programs.
                studying violin for 15 years with her father and majoring in music in
                high school. She sang in a choir while in junior high school and then     SisterLove, Inc.                                                       $10,000
                in college. In 1976, she founded the Jubilee Singers at All Souls Uni-    To eradicate the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health chal-
                                                                                          lenges upon women and their families through education, prevention, support and
                tarian Church in Washington, D.C. It was, there in 1979, that Ber-        human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world.
                nice Johnson Reagon witnessed her as a singer and a Sign Language
 interpreter and invited her to audition for Sweet Honey In The Rock. Barnwell is         SisterSong                                                               $10,000
 also a Speech Pathologist with Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees and was a            To amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of
 professor in the College of Dentistry for over a decade. In 1981, she completed          color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights.
 post-doctoral work and earned an MSPH. Over the past two decades, Barnwell
                                                                                          South Atlanta Community Study Hall                                         $2,500
 has earned a significant reputation as a commissioned composer and arranger, au-
                                                                                          To continue helping the students of the community enhance their skills, health and
 thor, master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance.      overall character.
 She has two children’s book: No Mirrors In My Nana’s House and We Are One, a
 boxed set of African American stories and songs for young people: Um Hmm and             South Atlanta Community Study Hall                                         $2,000
 an instructional boxed set: Singing in the African American Tradition. She created       To continue helping the students of the community enhance their skills, health and
 the Community Sing which she conducts monthly in Washington, D.C., and the               overall character.
 workshop Building a Vocal Community® - Singing In the African American Tradi-
                                                                                          South Atlanta Redevelopment Corporation                                      $1,700
 tion. Barnwell is also an aspiring actress whose most recent endeavors include the
                                                                                          To continue to uplift the residents of the South Atlanta Community by hosting annual
 narration for the NPR documentary W.C. Handy’s Blues.                                    community events.

              NITANJU BOLADE CASEL has been a member of Honey In                          South Atlanta Redevelopment Corporation                                      $1,000
              The Rock since 1985. As a co-founder, with Marie Guinier, of Ar-            To continue to uplift the residents of the South Atlanta Community by hosting annual
              tistes Des Echanges Africaines, she worked in alliance with local           community events.
              artists, the National Council of Negro Women, the National The-
                                                                                          South River Gardens Community Association                                $1,800
              atre Daniel Sorano, the University of Dakar, Air Afrique, Televi-           To support an Environmental Day for Science Class students at South Atlanta High
              sion and Radio Orts, the Schomberg Center for Research and De-              School.
              velopment and the late Dr. Ewart Guinier of Harvard University.
              Nitanju is also the former assistant director of the Art of Black           St. Thomas Presbyterian Church                                               $25,000
 Dance & Music and director of Young Afrique Dance Company, both in Massa-                To support remodeling of the church with a brand new exterior sign.
 chusetts. Nitanju now works with her sister, Aisha Kahlil, as co-director of First
 World Productions and heads her own publishing company, Clear Ice Music. Her             Stone Circle                                                                  $5,000
                                                                                          To sustain activists and strengthen the work of justice through spiritual practice and
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Fund for Human Possibility                                                $2,000          compositions can be heard in the 2006 Australian Broadcasting Company’s 2006
To help undocumented immigrants attend college by providing scholarships.                 educational series, Sing!, Mystic Seaport’s multi-media history presentation Black
                                                                                          Hands, Blue Seas: The African American Maritime Experience, and Tribeca Pro-
GALEO Latino Community Development Fund                                         $5,000    duction company’s The Box. Nitanju was a finalist in both the 2006 and 2007 In-
To increase representation of Latino/Hispanic elected and appointed officials, to proac-   ternational Songwriter’s Competition, and a Grammy nominee for Sweet Honey’s
tively address the issues and needs of the Latino community, and to engage the Latino/    Experience…101, which she produced. The mother of one son Obadele, Nitanju
Hispanic community in the democratic and policy process across the State of Georgia.      lives on the east coast with her husband, Oso Tayari.
Hammond Park Neighborhood Association                                            $950
To continue to be a voice for the Hammond Park Neighborhood residents.                                    AISHA KAHLIL possesses a dynamic, innate power and range in
                                                                                                          jazz, blues, traditional, contemporary, and African vocal styles and
I Have a Dream: A.D. Williams Chapter                                    $2,750                           techniques. Ms. Kahlil’s interest in music was evident at an early
To empower children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by                              age. After many performance roles, she studied voice and music
providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills,                        theory at the New England Conservatory of Music, and performed
knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in                          with Ebony Jua, a local jazz ensemble that toured the east coast.
college and beyond.
                                                                                                          Following her studies Ms. Kahlil spent three years in the Bay area,
Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies                                       $10,000                       where she worked as a vocalist and dancer.          She then returned
To improve the physical, mental and spiritual quality of life for women of color and      to Boston, where she worked with Stan Strickland and Sun dance and The Art of
their families.                                                                           Black Dance and Music. A master teacher in voice and dance, Aisha has taught
                                                                                          and lectured in many institutions. Since her arrival in Washington, D.C., she has
Israeli Committee Against House Demolition                                    $1,500      worked with Brother Ah and the Sounds of Awareness, and has been a featured art-
To non-violently resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Ter-
                                                                                          ist in the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz in the Palm Court, in which she presented
ritories through direct-action.
                                                                                          a special performance of the music of Gertrude “Ma” Rainey; the Queen Mother
Just Economics of Western North Carolina                                   $5,000         of the Classic Blues. She also served as artistic director for the Youth Ensemble of
To educate, advocate, and organize for a strong and sustainable economy that works        Dancers and Drummers at the Levine School of Music, directed and choreographed
for all in Western North Carolina                                                         for the First World Dance Theatre, and co-directed and performed for First World
                                                                                          Productions, where she also co-wrote, with Nitanju Bolade Casel, the original pro-
Latino Advocacy Coalition                                                $5,000           duction Bright Moments in Great Black Music. Her arrangement of Strange Fruit
To cultivate the dawn of a new day by enriching relationships, empowering people
and promoting a just community for all.                                                   was featured in Freedom Never Dies. Aisha was voted Best Soloist by the Con-
                                                                                          temporary A Cappella Society. Her original composition “Wodaabe Nights” was
Mission Impossible Community Outreach, Inc.                               $950            featured in the film Africans in America, and her composition “Fulani Chant” was
To work closely with the Joyland Civic League to solve major neighborhood prob-           included in the film, Down in the Delta, directed by Maya Angelou. In 2005, Ai-
lems and improve the overall quality of life for the community residents.                 sha was a finalist with her own band, MyKa and the whole World Band, in the an-
                                                                                          nual Battle of the Bands contest and was a winner in the International Songwriting
Peace and Justice Network                                                   $1,000        Competition (ISC) performance category with her original song, “The Jewel Light”.
To support enduring relationships among community organizations and individuals
who work toward a more just and sustainable world by bridging collective work and
building deeper connections between people and organizations; promoting commu-
nity solidarity and stronger foundations for creating future possibilities.
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                CAROL MAILLARD was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Al-
                though she originally attended Catholic University of America on         Capitol View Garden Club                                                    $1,000
                scholarship as a Violin Performance major, she soon began writing        To provide educational resources that teach residents how to save money and become
                                                                                         more self-sufficient by growing some of their own foods in a vegetable garden.
                music and performing with the Drama Department and eventually
                changed her major to Theater. This passion for the stage brought her     Caring for Others, Inc.                                                      $1,000
                to the D.C. Black Repertory Company and the beginnings of the vo-        To help those without the basic necessities to live with dignity.
                cal ensemble that was to become Sweet Honey In The Rock. Carol is
                an accomplished actress and has performed in film, television and on      Carolina Center for Public Service                                           $1,000
stage. She has performed on and off Broadway (Eubie, Don’t Get God Started, Co-          To strengthen the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s public service com-
min’ Uptown, Home, It’s So Nice To Be Civilized, Beehive, Forever My Darling); with      mitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of
the Negro Ensemble Company (Home, Zooman and the Sign, Colored Peoples Time,             the state and contribute to the common good.
The Great Mac Daddy); and the New York Shakespeare Festival (Spunk, Caucasian
Chalk Circle, Under Fire, A Photograph…); also at the Actors Studio (Hunter). She        Child Advocate Network                                                        $1,500
                                                                                         To recruit, train and supervise court appointed volunteers to advocate for the best
can be seen in the feature films Beloved and Thirty Years to Life. On television, Carol   interest of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the DeKalb
has appeared in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, Halleluiah! Law           Juvenile Court.
and Order: SVU and Law and Order. Carol is a founding member of Sweet Honey In
The Rock. Carol was Conceptual Producer for the documentary film 2005 - SWEET             Choosewood Park Neighborhood Association                                     $1,500
HONEY IN THE ROCK: RAISE YOUR VOICE! In 2003, her poem “H2O Flow” was                    To initiate a clean up campaign that will educate those in Choosewood Park, and sur-
featured as the opening selection of Water Music. And in 1998, she penned the Her-       rounding communities, how to keep the neighborhood clean.
story for Sweet Honey’s first songbook, Continuum. Ms. Maillard lives in Manhattan
and is the mother of Jordan Maillard Ware, a recent graduate of Morehouse College.       Community Alert                                                              $950
                                                                                         To support the Jammin’ with Seniors Program, which promotes senior citizens to live
                LOUISE ROBINSON a native New Yorker, studied concert bass for            a holistic lifestyle and maintain independent living in the community.
                six years and attended the High School of Music and Art. A gradu-
                ate of Howard University with a BFA, her professional career began       Dill Avenue Gardeners                                                 $1,700
                                                                                         To educate community members and youth on varied farming techniques by raising
                at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage. Louise accepted Robert Hooks’
                                                                                         vegetables, fruits and herbs.
                invitation to become a member of the new, D.C. Black Repertory
                Company Acting Ensemble. It was out of this theatre company that         Dispute Settlement Center                                                      $3,000
                Louise, along with Carol Maillard. Bernice Johnson Reagon, and           To promote and bring about the peaceful settlement of disputes and to prevent the
                Mie, formed Sweet Honey. Louise’s colorful career has taken her          escalation of conflict through mediation, conciliation, facilitation, and trainings.
up many paths, including performances, both on and off-Broadway, and in film and
studio recording. She has also worn the producer’s hat as she, along with Maillard       ECOPAAT Gardens, Inc.                                                         $2,500
and Smokey Ronald Stevens, produced A Sho Nuff Variety Revue, a series of per-           To continue the hands on approach to nutrition and health issues by teaching and edu-
formances showcasing some of New York’s finest talent. Louise was the founding            cating the community residents how to provide proper food / nutrition for themselves
director of the Bay Area a cappella quintet, Street Sounds, taking their music around    and their families.
the country and the world for 14 years. Louise returned to Sweet Honey in 2004, and
                                                                                         Eno River Media Production                                                $2,000
combines her experience in theatre and music to offer a workshop that explores the       To provide an opportunity for novice cast and crew to gain the necessary practical
creative freedom in us all.                                                              experience and skills in field production.
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               FY 2010 & FY 2011 Grantee Partners
Africa’s Children’s Fund Project Excel                                    $1,220                            SHIRLEY CHILDRESS SAXTON is a native of Washington, D.C.
To support Project Excel in enhancing the academic productivity and life skills of                          Passionate about her work, Shirley is a skilled professional Sign
under-served youths in order to reduce problem behavior and school drop outs.                               language interpreter who learned American Sign Language (ASL)
                                                                                                            from her Deaf parents. In their honor she founded the Herbert and
After Five Summer Youth Camp                                               $950                             Thomasina Childress Scholarship Fund to assist other children of
To address and support the needs of youth ages 12 – 17 years old, enhancing their                           Deaf adults (CODA) to explore Sign interpreting as a work option.
lives and building strong adults.
                                                                                                            Shirley’s career has included providing interpreting services for
Alternate ROOTS                                                                 $6,600                      most life experiences. In health care, Shirley interpreted with the
To support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is       Mental Health Program for the Deaf at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and with Project Ac-
rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit; striving to be allies in   cess of Deafpride, Inc., who sponsored her first international assignment to Nairobi,
the elimination of all forms of oppression.                                                Kenya as interpreter for a Deaf delegate to a United Nations conference. Shirley’s
                                                                                           extensive performing arts interpreting include an off-Broadway production of Lost
Alternate ROOTS                                                                 $5,900     in the Stars, and with a host of artists including Bernice Johnson Reagon, Linda
To support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is       Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Toshi Reagon and Big Lovely, Holly Near,
rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit; striving to be allies in   Pete Seeger, and In Process. Shirley has also interpreted for such stellar writers as
the elimination of all forms of oppression.                                                Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Audrey Lorde. Shirley was first to recognize the
                                                                                           need for more African-American interpreters when she founded the organization
Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Inc.                                 $5,000
To protect and promote the civil, social and economic rights of Asian Americans in         BRIDGES to focus attention on Black Deaf consumers and interpreters. Shirley
Georgia and the Southeast through public policy, legal education, community orga-          was also a founding member of the organization Black Deaf Advocates. The Reg-
nizing and leadership development.                                                         istry of Interpreters for the Deaf published a tribute to her entitled Shirley Childress
                                                                                           Johnson, the Mother of Songs Sung in ASL, pointing out the distinction Shirley
Beloved Community Center                                                       $2,000      has brought to the field. Shirley has been recognized for her interpreting service to
To foster and model a spirit of community based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s           the community with awards from Deaf advocacy organizations the Silent Mission
vision of a “Beloved Community” by working toward social and economic relations            Circle at Shiloh Baptist Church, Deafpride, Inc., Women Unlimited, and National
that affirm and realize the equality, dignity, worth and potential of every person.         R.I.D. Interpreters of Color. Shirley holds a bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education
                                                                                           from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has authored several articles on
Bethlehem Senior Center                                                       $2,000
                                                                                           her experiences as a CODA and her work as a Sign language interpreter. Shirley’s
To provide educational, health related, physical fitness and supportive services and
social activities to seniors which will help them maintain the highest quality of life     family, sons Reginald and Deon, and sisters Maxine and Khaula all Sign.
possible for as long as possible.

Capitol View Manor Community Group                                          $950
To bring the community together and to work to improve the quality of life in our

Capitol View Neighborhood Association                                    $1,700
To bring the community together to address the numerous Industrial Sites that are
contaminating the soil and water of the neighborhood.
                 2011 Sponsors
                                                                     The Fund for Southern Communities
                                                                      The 18th Benefit Performance by
               Change Makers

                     Movers                              SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®
           Dr. Rudolph Byrd, on behalf of                   A Benefit Concert for the Fund for Southern Communities
The James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University
                    Edie Cofrin
            Senator Nan Grogan Orrock
                    Shakers                                                      •Program•
         Roger Bakeman & Kenneth D. Clark
                    Imara Canady                                            Mistress of Ceremonies
              Georgia Power Company
                 Alice Eason Jenkins                                          Angela Y. Robinson
              Carl Owens & John Burch                                           Host, In Contact
Angela Y. Robinson, President & CEO ARC Media LLC
                                                                     President and CEO, ARC Media, LLC
                  Gail Cowie                             Welcome                                   Dr. Robert Franklin
          Mickey Gillmor & Henry Kahn
                                                                                             President, Morehouse College
             Amber & Michelle Hall
         Maggie Mermin & Susan Kennedy                   Greetings                                   Fred Blankenship
                 Shelia Moore                                                                            Anchor, WSB-TV
         Tom Murphy & David Gittelman
             The Funding Exchange
                                                         Introductions                             Angela Y. Robinson

                   Shanon Hart                               •Sweet Honey in the Rock Concert Performance•
               Alexander K. Holmes
                 Darren L. Holmes                                        Intermission - 15 minutes
               Kelvin Lynn Cothren
                  Alice Lovelace
                LaMetrick McClain
                                                             •Sweet Honey in the Rock Concert Performance•
                     Sue Ross
                  James Walters

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