Mr. Norman & Mrs. Ethel Laws

Mr. Norman & Mrs. Ethel Laws….two of my favorite people. Longtime contributors to the uplift of our community. Mr. Laws taught more than a few of us how to hold our hands at the Princess Street Center and the College Avenue gym…….In addition to her other talents, Mrs Ethel Laws was an accomplished singer.. This article is from a 1958 concert she gave at the Crispus Attucks Center. Mrs Laws presented a concert in four parts cleverly tied together by varying the style and mood just at the right time. Mrs. Laws went thru a varied renditions of songs including in the first set, “My Heart Ever Faithful”by J.S. Bach, “Star Vicino” by Salvatore Rosa, “One Fine Day” from Madame Butterfly and “With Verdure Clad” from the Creation by J. Haydn. A unusual assortment of songs which Laws performed. Another set which include Negro Spirituals “Roll Jordan Roll”, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”, and I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”. Mrs.Laws was highly appreciated for her selections and performance. Her accompanist on Piano was Mrs. Irene Saxon…..Image may contain: one or more people and textMrs. Laws also directed several other musical organizations including the Bethel A.M.E. Church Chancel Choir.   On March 9, 1974 The Bethel A.M.E. Church Chancel Choir presented the Musical “God’s Trombones” at the First Moravian Church 39 South Duke Street. This was the very first the choir had performed for an audience that was not all Black. Gods Trombones, which traces the Development of music in the Black Church. It was directed by Mrs. Ethel Laws with Mrs. Irene Saxon serving as Organist. The Reverend H. G. Knight the Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church presented introductory remarks. Reverend Knight is the Man who got me a scholarship to Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va, There was a lively fellowship after the program……..This photo is of one of the rehearsal sessions for the play………

                                                                                                       My Mother Gladys Kirkland with two of her Best friends, Crystal Dancy and Ethel Laws.

Author: jkirk

Founder and Chief Researcher for the York African American Historical Preservation Society