Final Stop: Kingsport, Tenn.

Claflin alumnus Rev. A. Clark Jenkins.

Claflin alumnus Rev. A. Clark Jenkins.

The final stop on the tour was Kingsport, Tenn., the home of the Eastman Kodak headquarters. The town was kind of small, but big in hospitality. The choir performed at First Broad Street United Methodist Church, located in Church Circle which is — you guessed it — a “circle” of churches in the middle of downtown. The pastor is Rev. A. Clark Jenkins, a 1974 graduate of Claflin Univesrity and recent recipient of an honorary doctorate during this year’s commencement at Claflin. His wife, Mrs. Carolyn Jenkins, is also a 1974 graduate of Claflin and a current member of the Claflin University Board of Trustees.

This stop was a little different as the choir members were hosted by families in the church Saturday night. On Sunday, we were greeted with stories of playing tennis and kayaking and shopping. It was a great experience for both parties. I was extremely grateful for Rev. and Mrs. Jenkins’ hospitality, inviting Dr. McGee and I and our bus drivers, Kevin and Mr. Watson,  to their home for a very much needed home cooked meal and, finally, some SWEET TEA!  Rev. Jenkins got a kick out of the Claflin University bus being parked in his front yard!

The choir performed during four services Sunday before heading back to Orangeburg. I can’t say enough about the Claflin University Concert Choir. The tour was great. We met so many people and introduced them to Claflin University though song. I had never spoken so much about Claflin. I knew things I didn’t even know I knew! We got so many positive responses about the choir members’ manners and politeness. They truly represented Claflin well. As a public relations person, I have to be proud of Claflin to promote its concepts and ideals. However, during this trip, I gained a pride in Claflin University that I didn’t have before. I owe that to Dr. McGee and the 39 members of the Claflin University Concert Choir who invited me on their journey — From Coast to Coast. Thank you — Charlene Slaughter.

The choir sings at the 8:30 a.m. contemporary service at First Broad Street United Methodist Church.

The choir sings at the 8:30 a.m. contemporary service at First Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Scharan Clarke leads the choir in "Kyrie" during the traditional service.

Scharan Clarke leads the choir in "Kyrie" during the traditional service.

Rev. A. Clark Jenkins.

Rev. A. Clark Jenkins.

Rev. Jenkins preaches during the 10:45 a.m. traditional service.

Rev. Jenkins preaches during the 10:45 a.m. traditional service.

Andre Lemon, Jeramiah Douglas, Larry Brunson and Anthony Golden greet their host family after service.

Andre Lemon, Jeramiah Douglas, Larry Brunson and Anthony Golden greet their host family after service.

Rev. Jenkins chats with Justin Rufus, Cole Harper, Ariel Manning, Nykki Smalls and Brandon Hicks.

Rev. Jenkins chats with Justin Rufus, Cole Harper, Ariel Manning, Nykki Smalls and Brandon Hicks.

Dr. McGee and Rev. Jenkins with members of the choir.

Dr. McGee and Rev. Jenkins with members of the choir.

Moutains en-route home!

Moutains en-route home!

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2 Responses to “Final Stop: Kingsport, Tenn.”

  1. Jeremiah Douglas Says:

    I, wholeheartedly enjoyed thia trip and was gratified, to an extent, by means of my regionalally domestic confinement (I tend to get wordy).

    I must add that the mountains were, in fact, the most beautiful pieces of art ever developed.

  2. Jeremiah Douglas Says:

    In addition, I would like to give a ‘shout to my host family: ‘The Geno’s. It was a great experience and the family; I also endeared the family friend; Michael.

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