Washington, D.C.— Prison Fellowship®, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, is partnering with multi Grammy Award-winning platinum artist Lecrae to perform at a Hope Event™ for men at the St. Clair Prison in Springville, AL. That prison is one of America's most violent prison systems. Here's an excerpt from a 2019 news article:
"Is this why it’s so hard to fix Alabama’s legacy prison problems? Indifference to human suffering justified by contempt for criminals, how does it persist in a place full of people who claim to be Christian?
The majority of people in Alabama prisons are poor and black. The people who care about them have been drowned out by a mindset of tough on crime, regardless of the consequences ... Will Alabama see this through or continue to look away? The clock is ticking."
The Hope event will take place Friday, September 11, 2020 beginning at 5:30 pm, with The Birdsongs, a Christian rock band based out of Knoxville, TN, opening the program. Lecraewill take the stage following The Birdsongs and end with a Q&A session with the men attending the Hope Event. The event is scheduled to end at 7:30 pm.
“We are thrilled to have Lecrae and The Birdsongs join us and perform for our first Hope Event since this coronavirus pandemic began,” said James Ackerman, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship. “Their God-given talents come at a perfect time for these men after losing many critical in-prison services, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Not only will Lecrae perform for the men, but he’s also taking the time to talk with them about God’s incredible transforming power, for those who desire a second chance at life. We know that God will use him in a powerful way.”
Honoring the biblical verse Matthew 20:16, "the last will be first, and the first will be last," this is not the first time Lecrae has partnered with Prison Fellowship. In fact, he has a history of connecting his music and message with prisons.
“When Anomaly dropped and was the #1 album in the country, our first stop on the tour was Riker’s Island and LA County Jail because I wanted the people in prison to understand that they were not forgotten,” said Lecrae.
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