SALT LAKE CITY – The Saints Unified Voices choir conducted by Gladys Knight will be featured in the Genesis Group meeting on 8 June, 2003 in the historic Tabernacle on Temple square to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Priesthood revelation. The Genesis Group was established in 1971 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to support its members of African descent. The group meets monthly in Salt Lake City, but has outreach far beyond Utah. According to Genesis president, Darius Gray, “It is actually part of the responsibility of the Genesis organization to be a resource to Church leaders and members of color around the country.”

The Saints Unified Voices choir is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and is comprised of 110 members from various cultures. Ron Strobelt, a spokesperson for the choir says, “The cultural and racial diversity among them melts together in one common bond– the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The meeting will also feature prelude music from the Genesis Choir and The Divine Heritage Choir of Salt Lake City.

Complementary tickets to the Genesis meeting are available at the Conference Center ticket office or online at www.lds.org .

In addition to the 8 June meeting, the Genesis Group will sponsor I Am Jane, an award winning play about black Mormon pioneer Jane Elizabeth Manning James who walked 800 miles with her family to Nauvoo from Wilton, Connecticut and later made the trek to Salt Lake City with other LDS pioneers, arriving in September 1847. The play features a number of traditional spirituals as well as Jane’s own words from her life story.

Playwright Margaret Young says, “Jane James’ life is an example of faith transcending tribulations most of us can’t even imagine. She herself said, ‘I hope in my feeble way to set a good example for all.’ But there was nothing feeble in her example.”

I Am Jane will be presented in the Bountiful Regional Center on 6 June at 7:00 p.m. and 7 June at 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for admission and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: Margaret Young (801) 422-4705 Margaret_Young@byu.edu