Phyllis Harris
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In honor of Black History month, filmmaker Byron Motley and the award winning Voices of Victory choir will join the University of Nebraska at Kearney to recognize an important part of American History.

The Omaha Salem Baptist Church’s “Voices of Victory Choir” will once again be music to campus community’s ears on February 16.

This choir, consisting of over 100 members, will join to celebrate Black History Month at 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

According to Rodney Miller, UNK Dean of Fine Arts and Humanities, the choir received a thunderous standing ovation during their last visit to UNK. “If you don’t like gospel music, go to this and you will when you walk out,” he said. The Voices of Victory choir was a Grammy nominee and the recipient of the Governor’s Art Award.

Filmmaker Byron Motley will step up to the plate on February 20 and fill the evening with pride, hope and courage of Black American history.

Motley will speak on how Negro baseball leagues not only affected baseball, but the impact of the game in a segregated society. Motely’s goal is to further educate the public about the significant contributions the Negro leagues and their players made in the 20th century. The presentation will begin at 7:30 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Motley grew up hearing Negro League stories from a chief umpire, his father. He has shared his appreciation and love for the Negro Leagues and baseball to audiences all over the country.

Both events are free and open to the public.