Congressional Chorus to Kick off Five-Day Civil Rights Concert Tour

D.C.’s own Congressional Chorus, under the direction of artistic director David Simmons, will celebrate the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery which honors the thousands of forgotten victims of lynching in the U.S. during their season finale, Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. at the National City Christian Church in Northwest.

The centerpiece of the concert, “Let Justice Roll,” will be the rarely-performed choral ballad, “And They Lynched Him On A Tree, composed by William Grant Still – the first Black composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera and who’s best-known for his “Afro-American Symphony.” In addition to Still’s composition, other works that will be performed will continue with the theme of social and racial justice.

In July, in collaboration with the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn, the Chorus will embark on a five-day Civil Rights Concert Tour in Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery and Atlanta during which they’ll perform at some of the country’s most historic civil rights sites.

For information or tickets, visit or call 202-629-3140.

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