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UNITY III connects university and community with parade and choir performances Saturday, March 19

Published March 15, 2022


Want to go?


WHEN: 6 p.m., Saturday, March 19

WHERE: Greater New Antioch Baptist Church, 301 Sherrouse St.

COST: Admission is free


UNITY III, A Community Celebration of Equality and Inclusion Joining in Song, will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 19.


Sponsored by the University of Louisiana Monroe Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Office of International and Cultural Affairs, ULM Choral and Bayou Masterworks Choral, UNITY III will be at Greater New Antioch Baptist Church, 301 Sherrouse St., in Monroe.


The event is free and public is invited to attend.


This event begins with a parade of flags as ULM students and community members carry the flags of their countries. Eleven countries will be represented as Joyce Zhou, a ULM student from China, leads the parade with a dance.


President Ron Berry will give the opening remarks. Pamela Higgins Saulsberry, Ph.D., Executive Director of the ULM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Darian Atkins, Executive Director of Community and Public Relations of Louisiana Delta Community College, will speak on the purpose of the UNITY III program.


Plus, the Bayou Masterworks Chorale and the ULM Concert Choir will perform together in uplifting song for the program.


“We are joining together in UNITY because we can. And we are using music to unite us as well,” said Deborah Chandler, Ph.D., ULM Director of Choral Activities in the School of Visual and Performing Arts.


Those interested in participating in the UNITY III Choir can join rehearsal at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church sanctuary. No previous musical background is necessary.


For more information on the program or performing with the choir, contact Dr. Chandler at chandler@ulm.edu.