2023 Black History Month Celebration, Black Church Music

February 9, 2023, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2023 Black History Month Celebration – DeKalb History Center

Black Church Music: A Soul-Stirring History

Join the DeKalb History Center for our 15th Annual Black History Month Celebration. This year’s program will be filled with soul-stirring gospel music and riveting talks about the role Black Church music has played in Georgia’s social and political arenas.

CEO Michael L. Thurmond will provide the Welcome.

Kenneth J. Lowe (Director of Worship & Arts Division, Atlanta Chapter, Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc.) will resurrect the voices of the most powerful spiritual and gospel legends, both past and present.


Mrs. Velma Maia Thomas (author and historian at New South Associates)

(Purchase the book No Man Can Hinder Me: The Journey from Slavery to Emancipation Through Song to be signed by Thomas after the program.)

Dr. Marva Carter (professor of music history and literature at GSU’s School of Music)


Lunch is included with ticket purchase.


Thursday, February 9, 2023

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 2nd floor

(101 E Court Square, Decatur GA 30030)



  • You do not need physical tickets, your name will be on a list.
  • Parking: Metered on-street parking is limited to 2 hours. You can pay for metered parking via Park Mobile App or Machines.
  • Parking garages with longer options are plentiful, and can be found on the City of Decatur website (click here).

The closest garage is

One West Court Square

158 W. Ponce De Leon Ave

Decatur, GA 30030


  • Public Transportation: We are located 400 feet from the Decatur MARTA stop.
  • Handicap Accessibility: Handicap Accessible entrance and elevator are located on the Basement Level of the building. Handicap parking is metered street parking located on E. Court Square.
  • Event Recording: Event will be recorded and posted on our Youtube channel after the event.

This event is officially SOLD OUT. 

Can’t attend this year? No worries! The program will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel sometime after the live event.

Find out about sponsorships here.

2023 Sponsors








Agnes Scott College


City of Decatur


Debra DeBerry, DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court


Decatur Development Authorities


Emory Alliance Credit Union


Catherine Mullins


New South Associates


Steele Program Managers


Stone Mountain Memorial Association


Deborah & Harold Van Broekhoven