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Tony Leach produces “One Mo’ River to Cross” featuring responses to race issues

Penn State School of Music Professor Emeritus Anthony Leach, longtime director of Essence of Joy, has released “One Mo’ River to Cross,” a video compilation featuring musical and spoken word performances by Penn Staters and other artists.

“What began many months ago in my spirit is now alive within the words, narrative and musical nuance of this project as my colleagues and I respond to race matters and current events across the United States,” said Leach.

Participants include Korey Jackson (’01 B.S. Music Ed), a film and television actor and producer; Elizabeth Peter Eckman (’15 B.A. Telecommunications), former president of Essence of Joy and recent graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg; Penn State Theatre Professor Emeritus Charles Dumas; poet Renee Francis; and visual artist Laura King.