Sit In, Stand Up and Sing Out!: Black Gospel Music and the Civil Rights Movement

By Bob Marovich Michael Castellini made ample use of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University, and the counsel of gospel music historian Professor Robert Darden, to write his Master’s thesis on gospel music and the civil rights movement. In “Sit In, Stand Up and Sing Out!: Black Gospel Music and the Civil Rights Movement,” Castellini argues that many components of the African American church and  church community, in addition to black sacred music, helped fuel the flames of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The thesis is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable read, providing a great ...

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AAAMC “Why We Sing” Gospel Music Conference Footage Now Online

The Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University reports that it is offering online access to interviews and panel discussions videotaped as part of the conference, “Why We Sing: Indianapolis Gospel Music in Church, Community, and Industry,” which took place on the IU Bloomington campus in November 2011. Also included are interviews with Carla Poindexter (audio), Kenneth Woods Jr. (audio), and Rev. Melvin B. Girton (video) conducted before and after the conference. To gain online access to the interviews and panel discussions, click here: Established in 1991, the AAAMC is a repository of materials covering ...

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