The Andrew Shannon FEEDING 5000 Honoring Dr. Martn Luther King, Jr. and the Andrew Shannon Gospel Music Celebration were held on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at New Beech Grove Baptist Church where Dr. Willard Maxwell, Pastor, served as Host.
FEEDING 5000 included the attendance and participation of “Celebrity Servers” Newport News Mayor Phillip Jones, Newport News City Council Member Marcellus L. Harris III, Virginia State Senator Danny Diggs, Newport News Chief of Police Steve Drew, Dr. Michelle Boone-Thornton, Lisha Bryant-Shannon, Edna V. Davis, Dr. Tremayne Johnson, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church, Dr. Floyd A. Miles, Virgil Thornton, Sr., Virgil Thornton Jr., Lionel T. Hines, Sr., Clyde Brown, Keith Mills, Frank Duff, and Dr. Willard Maxwell Jr.
The event was free and open to the public and provided the largest gathering of families and individuals in one setting for Food Distribution of Pre-packaged meals served To Go
Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. the Andrew Shannon Gospel Music Celebration concert featuring nationally recording artist Maurice Yancey and One Accord in concert at New Beech Grove Baptist Church was full to capacity with uplifting, toe tapping, inspirational gospel music.
The program began with a historic joyous musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that was provided by the United House of Prayer for All People Shout Band and Robert Walker, Band Director which bought the audience to their feet with their solemn rendition of “The Blood” and “Precious Lord.”
Special Guests included Bishop Ray Bynum and Pentecostal Followers of Christ Church Choir; Stokes & Company, The Jones Singers and Cynthia Johnson. The concert also honored Inez Shannon Overton, “Mother Overton,” Evangelist Brenda Bynum, Missionary Alisha Bynum and Elder Leroy Jones with a special tribute.