mahalia_jackson_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — Clap your hands! Stomp your feet! The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is holding a 1940s Gospel Fest on June 2 in partnership with the Broward Gospel Announcers Guild.

Talented members of the guild will sing music from Mahalia Jackson, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Billie Holliday, James Cleveland and Harriet Tubman. Come see and hear gospel music on a different level, and learn the history of gospel music and the origin of all genres of music.

The performance at the library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, is scheduled for 1-3:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for teenagers and seniors, $20 for regular admission, available online at

For more information call 954-357-6282.

The purpose of the Broward Gospel Announcers Guild is to promote gospel music locally and to offer professional development opportunities to local gospel artists.

For more information, please call the Guild at 954-957-4707 or send an email to

The library’s yearlong Fabulous Forties on the Avenue exhibit and programming is leading up to the 10-year anniversary

of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in October. The subject of the exhibit is Northwest Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, the vibrant center of the black community in the 1940s.

WHAT: 1940s Gospel Fest

WHEN: June 2

WHERE: AARLCC, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

COST: $20, $15 for teenagers and seniors, available at

CONTACT: For more information call 954-357-6282.

Photo: Mahalia Jackson