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American Voice in Poetry and Song III

When: March 17, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: First Baptist Church, 401 Ashmont St, Boston, MA
Ages allowed: All Ages
Cost: $15
American Voice in Poetry and Song III

Join singer and actor Davron Monroe and pianist Rachel Goodwin on March 17th at 4:00 PM for an event featuring African American Art Songs and Spirituals juxtaposed with poetry and prose by literary performer and poet Regie Gibson. This Convergence Ensemble event is hosted by the historic First Baptist Church in Dorchester (401 Ashmont St, Dorchester, MA 02124).

This program explores music through an historic lens and discusses societal issues surrounding social justice and representation in the world of American classical music. We use a combination of works by under-heard African American composers and poets to demonstrate the multifarious tapestry that is the American Voice. This iteration showcases songs by Margaret Bonds, John W Work III, Florence Price, Noel Da Costa and poetry from Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and original work by Regie Gibson.


Davron Monroe, actor & tenor: “three musicals, three very different roles, one versatile actor.” — Boston Globe.

Regie Gibson, poet & literary performer: National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and a Chicago Tribune’s Artist of the Year

Rachel Goodwin, pianist: City of Boston Artist/Humanist Fellow and three-time NEA recipient.


How to get to the First Baptist Church

401 Ashmont St, Dorchester, MA 02124

  • The First Baptist Church is a 10 minute walk from the Ashmont MBTA Red Line.
  • The 202 Bus stops right next to the church on Adams St.
  • Free street parking is available on Sundays (including on Ashmont St and Adam St).


Tickets are available both through our website and on the door. Where possible, a donation of $15.00 per ticket would be graciously accepted.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.