Motown in Madison

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By Jamison Hooks

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The Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) in partnership with the Lake Oconee Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hosted Music in the Park last weekend bringing the Sensational Sounds of Motown to Town Park.

“This was our first year partnering with the Sorority. They are very active in our community and this collaboration was their suggestion,” explained Phyllis Martin Vice-President of the MCAAM.

With a record crowd of over 450 people in attendance the collaboration was a massive success.

“This is the fifth or sixth year the MCAAM has hosted Music in the park,” explained MCAAM Office Manager Betty Terrell.

With a different musical performer each year the MCAAM secured the Sensational Sounds of Motown from Athens, Ga to dazzle the Madison crowd.

“I like to see the community come together and enjoy themselves. The community really seems to love the band we have this year,” said Terrell.

The Sensational Sounds of Motown greeted an enthusiastic crowd a drew spectators from all around.

“I’ve never heard of this band before but a co-worker invited me out tonight and it was great. This is a great way to raise awareness for the museum,” said Dawn Alexander from Greensboro.

Known for their high-energy performances, the Sensational Sounds of Motown have over 20years of touring experience and members of the band have played with performers such as the Drifters, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and Gladys Knight.

Proceeds from the musical event will directly benefit the MCAAM.

“We are a non-profit organization so this is a great way to help keep our doors open here at the museum,” stated Terrell.

“A lot of people don’t have money to go on vacation so doing something local here for the community is wonderful. People get to see people they haven’t seen in years,” continued Terrell.

“Music soothes the soul so sitting back relaxing, and listening to good clean music is something we like to give the community.”

Candy Williams of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was enthusiastic about the event and it’s turnout.

“What better way to give back than to help support one of the best and growing organizations in this community,” said Williams.

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