Jonathan Green, Chair of the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project Joins Strategic Partners for The Requiem for Rice
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
110 Calhoun Street - Charleston, SC 29401 – October 22, 2017 - Time of day to be announced
The Requiem for Rice, is a lamentation for the repose of the souls of the dead who were enslaved, exploited, and brutalized on Lowcountry South Carolina and Georgia’s rice plantations and who remain unburied, unmourned, and unmarked.
The Requiem for Rice, is a lamentation for the repose of the souls of the dead who were enslaved, exploited, and brutalized on Lowcountry South Carolina, Georgia’s, and Florida’s rice plantations and who remain unburied, unmourned, and unmarked. It is a modern take on a classic requiem performed by a full symphony orchestra and choir. An African and African-American inspired take on a classic requiem, it also features classic West African dance, drumming, and singing. The lamentation ends in celebration, laying to rest once and for all, the shackles of shame, blame, guilt, and denial that pervade this painful period in European, African, American, Native American, and African-American history. The Requiem ends in celebration of enslaved African ancestors’ lives, ingenuity, labor, and sacrifice for generations unborn and unseen, reclamation of our history and culture, and reconciliation among people of African descent, Africans, Americans, and Europeans. The Requiem for Rice is a collaboration between The Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum sponsored by the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project and its Strategic Partners
- Executive Producer: Jonathan Green, world renowned artist and founder and President of the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project.
- Mistress: Carol Alexander: Hired in 1998 to supervise the renovation of the old Ritz movie theater in Jacksonville, Florida into what became the Ritz Theatre and Museum, Alexander served as the Ritz’s executive director from its opening in September 1999 until May 2012.
- Eulogist: Dr. Carlton Byrd, Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church and international Director of the Breath of Life television program.
- Program participants and performers: Dr. Nikki Finney, Litany for Requiem for Rice; Dr. Lloyd Mallory Singers; South Carolina State Orchestra
Honorees: Ms. Xerona Clayton, founder of the Trumpet Awards/President, Xerona Clayton Foundation; Judge Paul Brads, 1st African American Administrative Law Judge; Mrs. Zelma Redding, founder, Otis Redding Foundation; Ms. Cathy Hughes, Founder, TV One; Ms. Julianna Richardson, founder, the HistoryMakers; Dr. Howard Dodson, Executive Director Emeritus, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Mr. Jay Barnett, Youth Motivator; Former Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grace Church Cathedral as part of their concert series, the Lloyd Malory singers will be presented in concert as a preamble to the Requiem for Rice.