4th Annual MLK Gospel Explosion: John P. Kee and New Life Community Choir's I Made it Out Tour

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Throughout the 44-year history of the Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA), Black gospel music has been a consistent form of celebration within the Black experience at the University. For the last few years, in partnership with many units across the University, the OAAA has hosted a Black Gospel Explosion during the University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This year, in collaboration with the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the University Library System, OAAA is bringing John P. Kee to Old Cabell Hall for a historic gospel event. 

Singer John P. Kee has earned accolades as a top-ranked gospel performer and pastor of the New Life Fellowship Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Inspired by the work of the Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Kee overcame a troubled life of drugs and crime, initially emerging in the late '80s as a powerful vocalist and minister. For three decades, Pastor Kee's albums have made him one of the most popular contemporary gospel artists of his generation. 

Update: John P. Kee has been very well received by our community and tickets to the event have sold out! There will not be any new tickets created or distributed at the door. If at all possible, pick up your tickets prior to 5 pm at the UVA Box office today. Will-call will be available for a short-time prior to the opening of the doors for the concert. However, please only use this service if you are absolutely unable to pick up tickets prior to that time. Without a ticket, you will not be able to enter the venue and there will be no standing in the aisle or vestibule. We are very excited about the concert and look forward to joining you all in this important MLK Celebration!


Sponsored by the Office of African-American Affairs, the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and University Library Systems.