Join Dr. Chris Stacey for a presentation on Chicago's Golden Age of Gospel Music. This presentation covers the careers of Mahalia Jackson, The Soul Stirrers, Roberta Martin, Thomas Dorsey, and a range of other artists and groups who were responsible for bringing gospel music into the musical mainstream. We will look at the role of innovative churches such as the First Church of Deliverance, technological breakthroughs like the Hammond Organ and Leslie Speaker, and the ways Chicago's African Americans took control over the composition, production, and distribution of gospel music. The role lesbians and gay men played in the rise of modern gospel music is essential. We will look at the careers of Roberta Tharpe, James Cleveland, Alex Bradford, the Rev. Clarence Cobb, and the Elder Lucy Smith to gain insight into why "without lesbians and gay men there could be no gospel music." Post-WWII gospel music became a significant genre in U.S. popular culture and we will examine how this influenced issues of race, representation, and the collective and individual responses by musical artists to the Black Freedom Struggle.
Date: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 6:30 PM CST
Cost: Free. We welcome all Columbia alumni and their family and friends.
Location: Zoom Video Conference