The founder of two youth choirs that seek to bridge cultural gaps was honored Sunday with the Evelyn Wasserstrom Award at the annual Interfaith Service.
Ah’Lee Robinson is executive director of the Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir. He is also an on-air personality for KGGN radio station 890-AM.
The choirs were featured performers at the service, held at Community Christian Church.
The award is given annually in memory of Wasserstrom, who was director of the Kansas City branch of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. She died in 1984.
The award is presented jointly by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City and the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee.
Robinson was inspired by the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D.C., to create the Kansas City Boys Choir. In 2006, he created the girls choir.
Robinson said singing is the byproduct of working with the young people.
“The music transcends, but the social part of what we do and the classes that we teach are pivotal to their success in the community.”
The nonprofit choirs consist of roughly 30 members each, primarily from the urban core.
For more information, go tokcboychoir.org and kcgirlschoir.org.