Documentary about Carthage native to be shown Friday

Pastor Patrinell “Pat” Wright is a Carthage native.

A Carthage native who went on to found an internationally-recognized gospel choir and has spent decades in humanitarian ministries is the subject of a documentary that will be screened Friday in Carthage.

“Patrinell: The Total Experience” will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday at the Turner Community Center, 1023 MLK Blvd. in Carthage. Admission is free.

The documentary premiered in June at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Pastor Patrinell “Pat” Wright was born to a Baptist preacher and a school teacher. She was introduced to music early in life and was directing two choirs by the age of 14. She was the valedictorian of Turner High School and attended Prairie View A&M before moving to Seattle in 1964.

Wright founded the Total Experience Gospel Choir in 1973 and kept it going for 45 years, taking members to perform in 28 states, five continents and 22 countries. Wright also founded the Oneness Christian Center in 1997.

Wright and her choir’s humanitarian efforts include working in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and along the Mississippi gulf coast, as well as helping raise funds for refugees in Ishinomaki, Japan.

For more information about “Patrinell: The Total Experience,” visit