The "Ring Shout" Remembered in Southwest Atlanta

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The McIntosh County Shouters - authentic preservers of the cultural tradition of the call and response song and dance form called "Ring Shout" - will give a rare performance at Hillside International Truth Center Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

McIntosh County Shouters at Hillside International Truth Center

McIntosh County Shouters

... an opportunity to recall, reclaim and celebrate this rich heritage...

Hillside International Truth Center and Central United Methodist Church are collaborating to present "Remembering the Shout" featuring the McIntosh County Shouters - a ten-member Gullah-Geechee group from south Georgia. They will perform Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary-in-the-round at Hillside, 2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311. The event is free and open to the public.

The group began performing professionally in 1980. They have educated and entertained audiences around the United States with the "ring shout," a compelling fusion of counterclockwise dance-like movement, call-and-response singing, and percussion consisting of hand claps and a stick beating the rhythm on a wooden floor. The ring shout originated in Africa and affirms oneness with the Spirit and ancestors as well as community cohesiveness.

The McIntosh County Shouters are the last active participants of this custom of sacred song and movement. Their performance on the Southside of Atlanta during Black History Month, after 150 years of emancipation, is an opportunity to recall, reclaim and celebrate this rich heritage which is little known in our community.

To learn more about the McIntosh Shouters go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxPU5517u8c

Hillside International Truth Center, Inc. is a non-denominational "New Thought" center founded by Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King located at 2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA. 30311

Sponsored in part by the Georgia Humanities Council.

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