Celebrating Black History with Music, Dance and Poetry

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The First Congregational Church held a performance Friday called “Uplifting Voices of Unity: Love Conquers All” which featured poetry written and shared by Lawrence Diggs of Roslyn, SD

“I’m a poet, and that’s what I’m interested in is trying to get poetry out to as many people as possible and making it accessible to people,” Diggs said.

His lyrics were accompanied by music performed by the Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective.

“I kind of want to convey the message that we all have a unique voice and so through art and music, we can all collaborate together and create a better future,” said Yi-Chun Lin, Artistic Director and Director. executive of the Sioux Falls Chamber. Music Collective.

Black history as well as Valentine’s Day are each highlighted this month.

“We decided to put these things together and make a program because there are a lot of people who, when it comes to things like, in air quotes, race relations, while some people argue about the shape of the table, others eat at that table,” Diggs said.

The dancers added another form of art to the message.

“Some people are more drawn to visual art, okay, some people are more drawn to music…but when we combine them, it creates a very powerful experience,” Lin said.

“We include different kinds of art forms to tell the same story, to bring all of these things together, because the underlying message is that we can take all of these different art forms and create something more beautiful than ever. any of them together,” Diggs said.