Blues, Gospel and Jazz have been called the original American forms of music. All of these musical genres arose from the misery of the experience of African Americans expressing the pain of slavery and mistreatment throughout the years. In the case of the blues, the music grew sometimes out of the pain of being in love. In keeping with the theme of, "LIFTING ALL OF THE VOICES," the Journal Anniversary will include the music that Black America created.
Blues artist Brother Yusef, Jazz Gospel Artist Ron Brown, fresh from another trip of playing in Japan, will join singer Retha Robinson for the musical portion of the program at the Dinner on November 20, 2009.
Dr Rosie Milligan, an inspiring, motivational speaker, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Milligan has spent the past fifteen years publishing books by Black authors whose voices would have remained silent, but for her publishing company.
Local Human Rights consultant and radio, television personality and Journal contributing writer, Dr. Gerda Govine will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Dr. Govine, who has been associated with The Journal since its beginning in 1989. Rounding out the evening will be the voices of Joe and Ruthie Hopkins who gave birth to and nurtured the journal for the past twenty years. A special recognition will be given to the
Metropolitan Baptist Church and Woods Valentine Mortuary as The Journal's way of saying thanks to them for their support. Metropolitan B.C. and Woods Valentine Mortuary are the longest, continual advertisers with The Journal.
In 2001, Saxophonist, Jazz Gospel Artist Ron Brown joined with Saxophonist Kirk Whalen and Guitarist Doc Powell to entertain and minister to lovers of Jazz and Gospel music at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, hosted by The Journal. Brown has had a career that spans nearly three generations playing with such artists as Natalie Cole and the Duke Ellington band, among other greats. Blues entertainer, guitarist and singer, Brother Yusef is the self taught son of Journal founders, Joe and Ruthie Hopkins. Brother Yusef has had a long career as a Blues musician who often teaches the historical roots and meaning of the Blues to young people at schools and libraries. He has played around the country along with his weekly appearances at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.
To be a part of this historical event, The Journal is accepting Congratulatory Ads. Also a dinner is being planned at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association Tournament House in Pasadena. Only a limited number of tickets are available.
Sponsors, to date, include, F&M Business Services, Advisor Business Solutions, and On Web TV.