Kurt Carr Leads Choir Members Gathered for Concert to Benefit 3 Burned Black Churches in Louisiana

Gospel legend Kurt Carr rehearses with the choir at Progressive Baptist Church Friday, May 31, 2019 for a concert to raise money for the three historically black churches that burned down in St. Landry Parish earlier this year. (Photo: Andre Broussard/Special to The Advertiser)

Choir members from a diverse array of churches gathered Friday night at the Progressive Baptist Church in Lafayette for rehearsal in preparation for Saturday’s benefit concert that will be headlined by Kurt Carr.

Singers from the Goodhope Baptist Church, Morning Star Seventh Day Adventist Church, and many others had one last rehearsal before they launched into excitement for the “Bless Somebody Else” benefit concert.

The concert will begin at 4 p.m., at the Opelousas Civic Center on Creswell Lane with a $10 donation for entry.

The benefit concert has aspirations to create a night of hope and inspirational music for St. Landry Parish, where the three churches were burned late March and early April that had long been pillars of the community for more than 100 years.

“It’s not about the dollars or the cents — it’s about the healing process of helping out and doing our part to make sure that that building be restored to some kind of history like it once had been, to where there is a place to go worship,” said Ronald Milburn, a member from the Greater Union Missionary Baptist Church, the second to be burned. “It’s about the healing for the churches and the community.”

Milburn, 54, was a member of Greater Union Baptist since he was 16-years-old and  was married there.

While being engulfed with emotion during the rehearsal, Milburn kept a full heart knowing he was performing with Carr.

“It’s harmonizing to have all these different voices that have never sang together before come together and just tear the roof off,” he said. “When you have a four-time Stellar Award winner and Grammy Award-nominee, you want your best to be best — there’s no half work.”

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