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Out of the mouths of babes come new opportunities in Africa
See Choir on page 15A
by Kathy Mitchellkathy@dekalbchamp.com
he biblical quote “a littlechild shall lead them” reso-nates in the history of theAfrican Children’s Choir (ACC). A humanitarian volunteer driving a small child from his war-torn home in Uganda more than 30years ago was moved to hear thechild break into song. From what thevolunteer called “asimple song of dignity and hope” a project that isimproving the lives of many Africanswas born.Inspired by that event, a choir made up of children from seven Af-rican countries— Uganda, Kenya,Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana andSouth Africa—was formed. Startingin 1984, new groups are organizedcontinually for 12- to 18-month toursof North American and Europe. Theyhave performed at the White House,the United Nations, the Pentagon,and before Queen
of Eng-land during her Diamond Jubilee cel-ebration. They have been joined onstage by such widely known perform-ers as
Michael W. Smith
. ACC voicescan be heard on the soundtrack of the movie
andthe group has been nominated for aGrammy.The current ACC will be at Oak Grove United Methodist Church inAtlanta’s Northlake area later thismonth to perform a program of chil-dren’s songs, traditional spiritualsand gospel favorites. Like all ACCconcerts, the one at Oak Grove UMCwill be free and open to the public.Freewill offerings are taken at the performances to support ACC’s pro-grams.Joining the choir is a tremendousopportunity for an African child froman underprivileged area, explainedUnited States-based leader
, who entered the volun-teer program after hearing about itfrom her college roommate.Along with other volunteer chap-erones, Wake, a recent graduate witha degree in education, teaches thechildren while they’re on the road.“In addition to classroom lessons,they get to visit places all over theworld. They get to build their English
Chaperone and teacher Catherine Wake is surrounded by African Children’s Choir mem-bers.