By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference
Photo right: Rust College President David Beckley (left) received the joint-resolution from state leaders in the Senate chamber on March 17.
Photo below right: The Rust College A' Cappella received a standing ovation. The choir has existed more than 80 years.
Photo left: Alice Perry commended Rust College president Dr. David Beckley following the choir's performance.
In recognition of its 150th anniversary, Rust College was presented a joint-resolution from the Mississippi legislature on March 17, 2016. Rust College, a United Methodist-related historically black college, was founded in 1866. It is located in Holly Springs, Miss., where Dr. David Beckley is the president of Rust. He accepted the honor and thanked the lawmakers before introducing the renowned Rust College A' Cappella Choir who performed one song.
Alice Perry said she took a break from her job in the governor's office to hear the choir that brought her to tears.
"I heard the choir sing about 10 years ago, and I have just followed them since. I think they are a gift to Mississippi," said Perry as she wiped her face dry. "It's the sound. It is the message. It is just so beautiful," she added.
Beckley said he was not surprised by Perry's emotional reaction.
"Everywhere we go, we find somebody just like her. It is a good feeling. They say music soothes the soul and our music obviously has been a special point in her life," Beckley stated.
The Rust College A' Cappella Choir was established 1932 as a means for fundraising and making friends of the college. For more information about Rust College, and to follow events related to the 150th anniversary, visit www.rustcollege.edu/
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