Anthony Leach leads Essence of Joy choir rehearsal

Anthony Leach leads Essence of Joy choir rehearsal

A choir conductor stands with one arm raised. Behind him in a large mirror is the reflection of a group of college students in navy shirts singing. The backs of some of the singers heads is in the foreground of the photo.

"Familiar lyrics and melodies, combined with prayer and affirming words of encouragement, provided comfort to people who knew that they were risking their lives and time in jail for participating in acts of civil disobedience."—Anthony Leach, choir director

Image: Michelle Bixby