First Lady Michelle Obama appeared earlier this week (April 14) at a History of Gospel Music interactive workshop for students at the White House where she called gospel music a “ray of hope.”
The talk spurred from Obama’s educational segment at the “In Performance at the White House” concert series she’s co-hosted annually since becoming FLOTUS.
“[Gospel music is] what helps connect us to God, to that higher power,” she said according to The Associated Press. “For so many, when times have darkened, when there’s struggle, gospel music is that ray of hope and it gives you that strength.”
In addition to experiencing the sounds of top performers that included Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett and Rodney Crowell, students also learned about the impact of gospel music on pop culture.
Catch the concert on PBS on June 26.