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Soul Don’t Worry: Black Gospel During the Civil Rights Era, 1953-1967

Various Artists Soul Don’t Worry! Black Gospel During the Civil Rights Era, 1953-1967 NarroWay Records (release date: September 21, 2018) www.gospelfriend.com By Bob Marovich Soul Don’t Worry is the most ambitious project to date for NarroWay / Gospel Friend, the Sweden-based gospel reissue operation headed by producer Per Notini. In the past, Notini has focused on chronicling individual artists and labels, but this time he has taken on an entire era’s worth of gospel music. And not just any era, but one of the most significant of the twentieth century: the fight for civil rights in America. Some listeners might ...

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Centenarian Mother Alva Roberts Dies; Wife of COGIC Leader

The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to learn of the passing of Mother Alva Johnson Roberts, who transitioned from labor to reward on April 18.  She was 101 years old. Mother Roberts was the first lady of “Brother” Isaiah Roberts, noted Church of God in Christ pastor, popular radio announcer, and Vee Jay Records recording artist.   Her father-in-law was Bishop William Roberts, who helped establish the COGIC church in Chicago in the early part of the twentieth century.  It was at Roberts Temple COGIC that Emmitt Till, whose violent murder helped spark the modern civil rights movement, was waked. Our deepest sympathies ...

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