From NPR, a really neat story about Shades of Praise, an interracial, interdenominational choir in New Orleans. Founded by a Loyola University theology professor and led by the pianist for a New Orleans R&B legend, it's been a fixture on the N.O. scene for several years.
Beyond that, though, it's a model for the way people of different races and classes can grow in community together--through good times, and now following Hurricane Katrina. One singer notes, "This group represents what the city could be." Listen--and let me know if you were as moved as I.