Commander, Submarine Group Two


Grammy Award Winning Artist to Headline Annual Black History Concert

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- A Grammy award winning Gospel artist who served in the Vietnam War will headline the 3rd Annual Black History Gospel Choir Concert at the Seaport Community Church in Groton, during Black History Month in February.

Several hundred people are expected to attend the annual concert Feb. 23 starring Rev. Milton Biggham, who has more than 40 years in the Gospel music industry.

"I have performed and visited military installations all over the world," said Biggham. "It has always been so rewarding, and everyone I met was rewarding, and I see this concert as being no less."

Biggham has produced more than 350 compositions and serves as the pastor of Newark, N.J.-based Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Biggham said of the annual gospel concert, hosted by Commander, Submarine Group 2, emphasizes the importance of Black History Month.

"It's not always what you see, but more importantly, it is what you say," said Biggham, who is expected to share his singing acumen during the annual concert. "I have known nothing except gospel music all my life. It is God's gift to me and my gift to the world."

The annual event is coordinated by Yeoman 1st Class (SS) Joseph Brickhouse, who is assigned to Commander, Submarine Group 2. In addition to his administrative, day-to-day assignments, Brickhouse in his off time, serves as an ordained minister ministering, teaching, and motivating churches and local communities throughout the East Coast and aboard.

"Coordinating the annual Black History Month Gospel Choir concerts have been a wonderful opportunity for outreach," said Brickhouse. "This concert series brings people of various ethnicities and religiosities together to share, rejoice and celebrate in a capacity in which they wouldn't normally."

Brickhouse added that churches in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey have been invited to participate in the annual gospel choir concert.

Each year, the Navy joins the nation in the observance of African American/Black History Month. Established as Negro History Week in 1926, by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, it was later expanded by then-President Gerald R. Ford in 1976, when he proclaimed February as Black History Month.

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