Celebrate Atlanta’s civil rights history at the Atlanta Music Festival

The Atlanta Music Festival has significant historical roots in its namesake city as part of an effort by First Congregational Church a century ago to unite all Atlantans through music with what was then known as the “Atlanta Colored Music Festival.” The festival took shape in 1910, when African American minister Henry Hugh Proctor put forward a then-daring idea: racial harmony through appreciation of music.

More than a century later, the mission of the Atlanta Music Festival still fulfills Proctor’s vision—affirming contributions of African Americans to arts and culture and deepening understanding of what it means to be American. First Congregational Church UCC is sponsoring this event and invite others from the UCC to attend.

All events prior to the concert are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Tickets to the concert can be purchased through the Emory Box Office.

AMF flyer

Wednesday, September 18

12:00  – 1:30 PM

African American Poetry and Music
Writer-Musician; Words-Music
Kevin Young, Dwight Andrews, presenters
Rosemary MageeJane Thorpe, hosts
Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Emory University

7:30 PM

Opening Festival Address and Reception
“I’ve Got Some People in Me”: African American Music and Culture
Dwight Andrews
Carlos Museum, Reception Hall, Emory University
Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, September 19

10:15 – 12:40 PM

Assemblies for Atlanta Area Upper School Students
Laquita Mitchell, artist-teacher
Woodward Academy
Not Open to the Public

2:30 – 3:45 PM

Vocal Workshop for Area College Singers
Laquita Mitchell, artist-teacher
Bradley Howard, host
Glenn Memorial Church
Free and Open to the Public

5:00  – 6:00 PM

Atlanta Music Festival Conservatory Summer Camp Presentation
4th – 6th grade Atlanta Public School children
Leaders: Dwight AndrewsLaquita Mitchell, Vialla Hartfield-Méndez, Barbara Coble, and Bevin Carpenter Sr
Cannon Chapel, Emory University
Free and Open to the Public

 Saturday, September 21

12:00 – 1:30 PM

African American Composer’s Forum – Panel Discussion
T. J. Anderson – Dwight Andrews
Presentation Room, Oxford Road Building, Emory University
Free and Open to the Public

7:00 PM

Festival Concert:

Laquita Mitchell, soprano; Timothy Miller, tenor; the Vega String Quartet;
First Church Chancel Choir, the Meridian Chorale, and the Morehouse College Glee Club.
Dwight Andrews, Artistic Director and Steven Darsey, Music Director
Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emory University


Tickets $25; $5 students — Reserved seating
Arts at Emory Box Office404.727.5050