ARISE logo trans.gif
Gerald Norwood 2021_edited.jpg
Gerald Norwood
ARISE Board President

ARISE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

GREETINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT

Greetings,

ARISE, Inc., is embarking upon a new horizon. Due to the evolution of change in our organization, I am proud to take the helm as the President of ARISE, Inc., effective immediately. There are two constants that are evident for this 33-year-old historical vocal music entity.  We will continue to provide quality community service through our musical talents and dedication. 

Secondly, we will continue to evolve and brainstorm new ways to express the spirit and messaging of the “Negro Spiritual”, the power of Resilience, Hope, and Faith in life experiences. We will remain committed to the spirit and scholarly contribution that the “Negro Spiritual” has made to the historical fabric of America.  ARISE will continually educate our listeners about the historicity of these songs and their powerful messaging of intrigue, inspiration, and optimism in the midst of despair.  Most importantly, we are dedicated to having fun while continually expanding our audience no matter who, when, or where they may reside.

If you have not already made a commitment to join this cause, make a commitment today to become part of the musical family known as ARISE (African Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble).  There are many ways for you to partner with our organization. You can make a tax-deductible contribution; attend our concerts and programs.

Thank you for your attention.  Please join us and pray for our continued success to serve our fellow man through inspirational singing. Make a commitment today to ARISE!!

In Unity Through Harmony,

 

Gerald Norwood
President, ARISE, Inc.

image001_edited_edited.png

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Gerald Norwood

President 

Sheila Kinnard

Vice President

Andy Bias

Treasurer

Doris Lee

Secretary   

William Taylor

Chaplain

Dr. Sharon Cranford

Immediate Past President/Historian

MEMBERS

BBettina Banks

Donna Douglas 

Dr. Marche' Fleming-Randle    

Linda Kendrick

LaTonia Kennedy

Weldon Kennedy 

Doris Lee 

Dr. Rachel Norwood* 

DeLynne Osborne

Dr. Michael Sylvester

Crystal Johnson Turner

Shawn Chastain, Director

June Faucette-Huff, Accompanist

Jo Brown, Founder/Director Emeritus