By Leona Dunn
Meter Staff Writer
Tennessee State University hosted College Sunday Nov. 8 in the Gentry Complex center, an event produced by Mount Zion Baptist Church every year. All colleges and universities are invited to bring their students to the service. Thousands attend to hear music from the Mount Zion’s choir, mainly consisting of college students, other musical and spiritual performances such as praise dance, and Presiding Bishop Joseph Warren Walker III preach the word.
“It was my first College Sunday, and I can’t wait to come back for the next one,” TSU freshman Ebony Harris said.
It all started with praise and worship where the audience was entertained by TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands which also performed at the service last year.
“We played two songs first, ‘He Reigned’ by Kirk Franklin, and then ‘The best is yet to come’ by Donald Lawerence,” junior band member Kamau As-Salaam Said, “After offering, we had to leave though to catch the bus to Memphis for recruiting purposes, but I just love playing for College Sunday it was another opportunity to represent the good parts of our university.”
Special guest Kierra Sheard, a judge from Sunday’s Best, a popular BET program that evaluates gospel singer voices, came and gave a performance singing an original song before lighting up the center with “It’s the God in me” by Mary Mary. Yet, Sheard was not the only special guest present. Nashville Mayor Megan Berry also came to join the festivities.
“It was beautiful seeing the first female mayor of Nashville sitting next to the first female president of Tennessee State University, it shows how women are finally taking over,” alumni Kari Johnson said.
Bishop Walker III then preached the story of the prodigal son. His message was titled “I Turned Up Before I Turned Around” relating college students struggles to the story of a man who blew all of his inheritance then came back home seeking forgiveness and gaining way more from his father’s love.
“Right now we are a part of a generation that does not appreciate the value of waiting. We don’t work for things, so we do not appreciate them,” Walker said, “Having money lets you have things but it’s hard to worship when you are being worshipped, just remember whenever you have cheese you attract rats.”