Archive for August, 2010

THE BLUEGRASS SPECIAL

In his later years Fuqua devoted his time and energy to the Foundation for the S.T.A.R.S. (Singers Taking Action Reaching Souls), a non-profit traveling vocal ensemble he formed with his wife Dr. Carolyne Fuqua, “with the sole purpose of uplifting the planet with song,” according to the organization’s website, http://starsfoundation.net/. In addition to working with underprivileged youth in inner cities in America, S.T.A.R.S. professes to have a global mission: “The songs themselves will touch people’s hearts in a way that will connect us all, casting away any perceived differences in culture, race, age, economic status or nationality,” the website states. “As Ambassadors of the United States, our intention is to bridge the gulf currently existing between the peoples of the world, through art and song.”

The From Me to We Foundation, a division of S.T.A.R.S., was formed in 1996 to focus on improving the plight of youth in developing countries by introducing programs in education, housing and medicine, with Dr. Fuqua making frequent trips abroad to assist in humanitarian efforts in small villages and to meet with local and national political and cultural leaders.