Thursday November 22, 2012
Local nonprofit joins Sweet Honey in the Rock for benefit concert
By: Cara Hedgepeth
Although National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week technically ended Nov.18, one Frederick nonprofit saw no reason to limit the help for the cause to just one week.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, dedicated to providing for those in need in Frederick County, has spent the entire month of November raising awareness and funds for the hungry and the homeless — just in time for the holidays.
The month of events, including a series of food and clothing drives and a potluck dinner and discussion, comes to an end Sunday afternoon at the Weinberg Center for the Arts with a benefit concert by the Washington, D.C.-based a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.
“We were looking at a number of different groups,” says the Rev. Brian Scott, executive director of the Religious Coalition. “[Sweet Honey in the Rock] comes from a faith tradition and that was something we were looking for.”
Sweet Honey in the Rock was founded in 1973 at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company by Bernice Johnson Reagon. The group’s name is derived from Psalm 81:16: “But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with the honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
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