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A Celebration of Service

BridgesOn Saturday, January 24th, Pilgrim Place, located in Claremont, California, celebrated 100 years with a concert featuring the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers.  The concert was done in conjunction with the honoring of Rev. Dr. James and Dr. Louilyn Hargett for their role and service in the Civil Rights Movement.

The program began with a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. by Toni Bond Leonard and what he meant to world.  Following her presentation, the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers skillfully and masterfully performed “Bridges.”  Bridges is the story of slavery from the auction block to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream.”  It travels the journey of Rosa Parks, the Letter from the Birmingham Jail to Voter Registration to the Bloody Sunday from Selma to Montgomery.  The program took you back to a time where people were mistreated because of the color of their skin and not the character of their content,

Following the performance, Rev. Dr. Arthur Cribbs, Pastor, Filipino American UCC/ Executive Director, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and Dr. Albert McNeil, Founder and Artistic Director of the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers gave beautiful tributes to the Hargetts and the role they played in Social Justice and the Church.  Members from the churches Rev. Dr. Hargett pastored from Hawaii, to Los Angeles, Chicago to San Diego were present.  It was a befitting tribute with a full capacity audience at Claremont United Church of Christ.  Immediately following the program, a reception was held in their honor.

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