Eveline MacDougall, director of Fiery Hope Chorus, (for thirty years called Amandla Chorus), author of Fiery Hope, building community with the Amandla Chorus, will present a program about her book and the chorus beginning at 6 pm Thursday, March 5, in Athol Public Library.
Originally named in consideration of the South African word meaning power, Amandla/Fiery Hope favors world music—usually sung without instrumental accompaniment—concerned with social justice. With photos and remembrances of Amandla public performances and engagements in schools, prisons, homes for the elderly, hospitals, and other venues, the book Fiery Hope traces the history of the singing group.
Fiery Hope includes biographical information about MacDougall and traces community organizations influencing and influenced by the chorus. Amandla/Fiery Hope has shared performances with guests or been the guest of notables including folk singers Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp and international activists Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan.
Fiery Hope will be available for purchase at the Athol Public Library event and can be found at fieryhopebooks.com, other online venues, at World Eye Bookshop, and from MacDougall and the publisher.