Praise and purpose take center stage in a new gospel festival being hosted by the Civic Park Neighborhood Association featuring the area’s best musicians and vocalists.
The Civic Park Centennial Gospel Festival will feature a dozen performances from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. This year’s festival is being held in memory of William Alexander, a founder of the neighborhood association who helped serve as a mentor to Flint youth for decades and was a loving provider for his family.
“Gospel music is part of the heart and soul of Flint. Always has been. Always will be,” said Holly Wilson, a member of Civic Park Neighborhood Association and one of the festival coordinators. “We are proud to offer this musical celebration to our city and our neighbors.”
The free, family friendly show will start promptly at 2 p.m. with performances including Magnificent Voices Choir, Insight, Gospel Group, Terence Grundy and Friends, Joy Tabernacle Choir, Morgan Nealy, 2+2, and Johnie Person.
The neighborhood association’s gospel festival is one of many events planned as part of the Civic Park Neighborhood’s yearlong celebration of its 100th year. Built by the General Motors Housing Corporation in 1919, Civic Park was constructed to house an influx of manufacturing workers migrating to Flint.
Food and resource fair vendors also are invited to participate at no cost by bringing their own tables, tents, etc. Registration for performers begins at 1 p.m.
Civic Park Centennial Gospel Festival
2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3
Heritage and Harmony Festival stage
1401 Dayton Ave, Flint