Moss Point students get educated, inspired through hip hop music

By Patrice Clark- bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) – A new program out of Atlanta is on a mission to save kids through music. Group members mix songs with positive messages to create "The Sounds of Knowledge."

Reality Jones said his group teaches kids to get an education and stay off of drugs in an upbeat way that captures their attention.

"Music has the power of influencing kids in all sorts of ways," Jones said. "When you go home, and flip on BET, you can see the kids reciting all these lyrics daily. If you throw in a positive message with that, those kids will get a way to listen to it."

Organizer Roderick Patterson said he helped start Sounds of Knowledge after working for an Atlanta Record company for several years.

"Back in 2001, 02, and 03, I use to work at So So Def Recordings," Patterson said about his work history.

Patterson said group members have been amazed at how many young lives they have touched through the power of music.

"When we started, while we were out, kids used to approach the band members to tell them things like their fathers use to beat them," Patterson said. "We stopped a few kids from committing suicide.  I was like wow, this is a little deeper than just music in schools."

Magnolia Jr. High eighth graders Christian Bilbrew and Maury Thompson said they were definitely inspired by the hip hop concert. Both agreed that it's great to see music artists giving back to the community.

"A lot of children think they are good people and they look up to them as role models," Bilbrew said.

"Our districts definitely need it because we are one of the districts that have a lot of violence, and I am not happy about that.  We definitely need it," Thompson said.

If you would like more information about the Sounds of Knowledge call (404) 207-2105.

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