Patrinell and Dave Matthews in New Orleans

Patrinell with Dave Matthews in New Orleans from Andrew Elizaga on Vimeo. Today is the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast. Distressed by the plight of the victims, Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir launched a relief effort which brought them to New Orleans in 2007 to help rebuild homes damaged by the hurricane. In 2017, Pastor Pat returned … Continue reading Patrinell and Dave Matthews in New Orleans

The Total Experience Gospel Choir 45th Anniversary Concert Announced!

We are super excited to announce the 45th Anniversary Concert of the Total Experience Gospel Choir! It will be held at the Moore Theater on 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 at 3:30 PM. The Patrinell Team will be there recording the event and we also will be showing some vintage footage from the extensive video archive. This final celebration … Continue reading The Total Experience Gospel Choir 45th Anniversary Concert Announced!

The Origin of Seattle’s Ghetto

Population data from 1960: African Americans in Seattle were concentrated around the Central Area. Patrinell husband Benny Wright says that Seattle’s Central Area (also known as the Central District) used to be primarily a Jewish neighborhood. The term “ghetto” originally referred to an urban area where Jews lived. African Americans tended to settle in these areas in northern cities partly because housing was most affordable there, … Continue reading The Origin of Seattle’s Ghetto

Patrinell’s former classmates recall life at Turner High School

Pastor Pat Wright graduated in 1961 from Turner High School, a segregation-era black school in Carthage, Texas. Her classmates remember her as being extremely sociable, talented, and smart. From what we can tell from the 1961 Turner High School yearbook, “Patrinelle” was a member of the Spanish Club and a choral group known as “The Jivettes”. These images were graciously provided by Cecil Morris, who … Continue reading Patrinell’s former classmates recall life at Turner High School

Colored Town and White Town

Many former members of the Total Experience Gospel Choir are familiar with Pastor Pat Wright’s stories about Colored Town and White Town. “Colored Town” was the area of her home town of Carthage, Texas where the African-Americans gathered and did businesses among black-owned shops during the “Jim Crow” era of enforced racial segregation. Although African-Americans were allowed to shop in the white part of town, … Continue reading Colored Town and White Town

Work In Progress Screening September 2nd!

UPDATE: The work in progress screening time has been changed to 3PM. We are thrilled to invite you to a “work-in-progress” screening of Patrinell: The Total Experience organized by the Seattle Documentary Association! This is a free showing of the entire 90 minute film, and it will be held at the Northwest Film Forum on Sunday September 2nd at 3PM.  There will be a in-depth … Continue reading Work In Progress Screening September 2nd!