The public is invited to “Songs of Freedom,” a presentation by Robin Brannon in honor of Black History Month on Monday, February 22, at the Eddie Mae Herron Center. Brannon, who lives in Jonesboro, says the program will center around “the faith, hope, and love found in the music of the Civil Rights Movement.”
The event begins with coffee and desserts at 6:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Eddie Mae Herron Center and BRTC’s Office of Corporate and Community Education.
Brannon grew up in the Texas Panhandle. Robin’s father, B.C. Brannon, was a long-time gospel preacher and a pioneer in the black Churches of Christ until his passing in 2010. His mother, Shirley, was an accomplished beautician until breast cancer took her life in 1989.
A musician and teacher by trade, Robin holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Music Performance, emphasis in Percussion, from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. In 2005, Robin was honored to join Christian Music Hall of Fame ensemble, Acappella, as a singer and music director. He toured with Acappella until 2011 when he went into full-time teaching and church work in the Nashville area. He moved his family to Jonesboro in 2014 to serve as worship minister at Southwest Church of Christ. Robin married Stephanie in 2009 and they now have three daughters, with a fourth anticipated in autumn of 2016…from China.
Robin says his passion for music is fueled, in part, “by those who have overcome the struggles of segregation, prejudice, and oppression of God’s children.”