Black Diamond Choir
The premier Gospel Choir of the University of Louisville
The Black Diamond Choir (BDC) is a one hour credit course offered at the University of Louisville each semester listed as Mus 109. Organized in 1969, the student gospel group has been singing and sharing the "Good News" locally and in various locations within Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, and Georgia.
In 2008 the choir placed Second in the Louisville Urban League College Choir Explosion and was also received People's Choice Award.
Other performances include:
- National Black Gospel College Choir Festival
- National Baptist Student Union Retreat
- African Heritage Weekend on the Belvedere
- "Dickens on Main Street" Christmas Event
- Theatre Workshop of Louisville's productions of the "Amen Corner"
- WAVE-TV 3 "Step Awards"
- Kentucky Higher Education Council of College Presidents
- National Anthem at the University of Louisville Homcoming Football Games
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Ceramony
- The Govenor's Conference on Post-secondary Education
- Inagural Conference of the Center for Congressions and Family Ministries
- Louisville Defender Newspaper's 60th Annual Minority Consumer Expo
- Opening Ceromonies of U of L Papa John's Cardinal Football Stadium
- "Sing Ye", a local gospel television program
- National Prayer Breakfast 422nd Air Base Squadron RAF Croughton Air Force Base
- Black History Celebration Banquet, 422nd Air Base Squadron RAF Croughton Air Force Base in London, England
BDC has also been showcased in the following recordings:
- Flexible disc, "Coming Like a Theif"
- "Sights and Sounds from Many Faiths"
- Two cuts on "Volume II: The Third Annual National Black Gospel College Choir Festival"
The one hundred member choir continues to represent the University of Louisville at least twice a month in the community at various churches and civic organizations. Not only does the choir minister with its music, but BDC also sponsors and annual "Feed the Families for Thanksgiving" community service project. This initiate is an outreach project serving the needy in the community. In 1999 over 100 families were provided baskets as a result of this program.
BDC has been the subject of several newspaper and magazine articles and continues to be in great demand with the Louisville community. The Black Diamond Choir members are truly Ambassadors for the University of Louisville.
The choir has had the opportunity to work with some of the finest gospel music artists.
- VaShawn Mitchell
- Lonnie Hunter
- Donald Lawrence
- Rodney Bryant
- Lamar Campbell
- The late Rev. Donald Vails
- Bobby Jones
- The late Brenda Waters
- Darius Brooks
- James "JJ" Harriston
- Jonathan Dunn
- Jonathan Nelson
- Natalie Wilson
- Malcom Williams