Alika Hope and The Ray of Hope Project held an Album Release party for “Hope for a Motherless Child” May 4, 2016 at the Noah Webster House.
All album sales from this event benefited Families in Crisis to fund a trip for children to see their mothers at the Niantic Correctional Facility.
Hope for a Motherless Child highlights classic renditions of African American spirituals such as “Wade in the Water,” “This Little Light of Mine” and “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More.” Sure to please listeners of all ages, Hope for a Motherless Child educates while it entertains.
Produced by Alika Hope and Ira Sakolsky, and featuring the sounds of Ray Morant, John Henry Langley, Dexter Pettaway, Geoff Cox, Lawrence V. White, Jason Apostoleris, Charlie Slaughter and Alika Hope. Click here to learn more about the album and to purchase.
The Ray of Hope Project started with the goal of using African American spirituals to shed light on the combined anti-slavery efforts of blacks and whites in 19th century New England and now includes nine musicians and actors who incorporate African American spirituals with live music in their participatory programs.
They use historical accounts of successful African Americans and primary source readings to teach about slavery in 19th century America. Schools, libraries, and museums throughout the U.S. have enjoyed working with The Ray of Hope Project members to create poems and performance pieces.