Benjamin is a gifted composer, performer, and song leader who specializes in music of the Black Spiritual tradition. He can often be found leading songs at benefit concerts, vigils, protest actions, sacred services, and workshops.  He is the founder/director of the Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers and his most recent album of Black Spiritual music is called Climbing Up the Mountain. Benjamin is a human rights and racial justice activist. When not performing music, he writes and speaks on issues of racial justice, economic justice, Black History, and works on creating interfaith and interracial alliances. Born in Hackensack, NJ, Benjamin now calls Richmond, CA home. If you’re ever fortunate enough to be with Benjamin and near a piano, get a taste of his mad skills on the keys – amazing grace and talent! The king of Benjamin’s vegetable garden is a type of purple tree collard that is locally known as “Richmond’s Pride.”  Benjamin’s “Richmond Pride” grows sideways but the leaves sauté beautifully!  Benjamin is a strong believer in veggies.