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Watch Night for Racial Justice

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Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral

23 South 38th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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This year will be a year of justice...

On Sunday, December 30th, the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral will host its second annual New Year’s event Watch Night for Racial Justice – An Evening of Jazz at the Cathedral.

A family-friendly event, music starts at 3 pm at the Cathedral with two hours of musical sets by leading area musicians. The line-up of jazz, gospel, and spiritual artists will include the Intermezzo Choir under director Carrie Lessene, the Philadelphia Community Mass Choir directed by Jay Fluellen, solo vocalists Ruth Naomi Floyd, DeVonne Gardner, and Carrie Lessene, and the Dr. J Trio with pianist Jay Fluellen, Cedric Babb on bass, and drummer Kimpedro Rodriguez. In-between sets, local interfaith leaders will offer prayers for racial justice in the new year and POWER members will share information about current POWER initiatives.

There will be a light reception 5:00-6:00 PM, with opportunities for guests to meet the musicians and talk with POWER about justice initiatives going into the new year.

The event celebrates the tradition of “Watch Night” which began on New Year’s Eve 1862 in black churches throughout the nation awaiting the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

This event is also a fund-raiser for the work of the interfaith organization POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild - www.powerinterfaith.org). POWER represents a broad range of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim congregations in the greater Philadelphia area in focused five-part organizing platform lobbying for systemic change in the areas of Jobs, Education, Housing, Public Safety, and Healthcare. The event will also benefit the Cathedral Table ministries distributing food, clothing, and social services to people in need in West Philadelphia.

No advance tickets are required. A freewill offering will be taken throughout the event. Those who cannot attend but wish to contribute can do so online by going to www.philadelphiacathedral.org and clicking on “Support the Cathedral” and designating your gift for “Watch Night.”

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