Austin Peay State University’s gospel choir, Generations of Disciples, have been using their voices to uplift the Clarksville, Tennessee community since its founding in 2013. Through many trials and tribulations, founder Kyle Donald brought the only gospel choir organization on campus.
“I felt like there was a ministry that needed to be uplifted and rooted. I was always taught wherever you go always to carry the Lord.” Donald said.
The members of Generations of Disciples not only use their voice to uplift but to educate students and locals with their upcoming Black History Month program. Gospel music is heavily ingrained in every fiber of the culture influencing the R&B, Blues, and Rap genres. Before there was gospel, slaves used Negro spirituals as a way of defying oppression through artistic expression. These spirituals carried meaning with every hymn whether it was directions to freedom or to inspire hope. The current president, Kelsey Mercer, is excited for their showcase of gospel songs and Negro spirituals to their peers and the Clarksville community.
The choir that began with 8 has demonstrated growth now boasting an impressive 44 students within their organization. Bringing together African American students from different places, backgrounds, and ages sharing one commonality, singing for The Lord.
Black History Month celebrates the milestones that African-Americans have made throughout history. Kyle Donald expresses the importance of Black History Month saying, “It’s not taught in school; a lot of people don’t know their heritage” he continues. “I want my people to learn their heritage and where they come from.”
If you’re in the Clarksville area, come out to Generations of Disciples black history month program at the Clement Auditorium on Austin Peay State University campus February 21st at 6:00 PM.
Generations of Disciples are always open to spreading their ministry contact Kelsey Mercer at (731)-803-3906 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.