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The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel

Gary Dorrien

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300205602
eISBN:
9780300216332
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300205602.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The black social gospel is wrongly and strangely overlooked. “Black social gospel” is the category that best describes Martin Luther King, Jr., his chief mentors, his closest movement allies, and the ... More


Recovering the Black Social Gospel

Gary Dorrien

in The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300205602
eISBN:
9780300216332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300205602.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The rationales for overlooking the black social gospel are unpersuasive. The early black social gospel numbered more than a handful of ministers, it produced important public intellectuals, and it ... More


The Crucible: Du Bois Versus Washington

Gary Dorrien

in The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300205602
eISBN:
9780300216332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300205602.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Booker T. Washington was a towering figure in American life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the leader of the dominant form of the black social gospel. All other schools had ... More


“Let's Go Out to the Programs” (1952–1959)

Jerry Zolten

in Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152722
eISBN:
9780199849536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152722.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

The seven years between 1952 and 1959 were an extraordinarily rich period for the Dixie Hummingbirds and also for African American cultural history. African American artists of every kind continued ... More


“My Record Will Be There” (1950–1951)

Jerry Zolten

in Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152722
eISBN:
9780199849536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152722.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

The early 1950s were exciting times for gospel and for African American musical performers of all kinds. Record sales were healthy. Radio stations were spreading the music beyond color lines. Artists ... More


Theologies of Liberation

Gary Dorrien

in Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780300205619
eISBN:
9780300231359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300205619.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

King’s radicalism was hard to see or remember after he was assassinated and a campaign for a King Holiday transpired. It became hard to remember that he was the most hated person in America during ... More


“Move On Up a Little Higher” (1945–1949)

Jerry Zolten

in Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152722
eISBN:
9780199849536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152722.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

The years after World War II were glory days for African American gospel as inventive performers started seriously to build on tradition. An overall healthy economy spawned thriving record and radio ... More


A Voice So Full of Pain and Power: Black Gospel and Blackness

John Burdick

in The Color of Sound: Race, Religion, and Music in Brazil

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814709221
eISBN:
9780814723135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814709221.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter shows how three main features of the melody- and voice-centric scene of black gospel contribute to the formation of a strong, self-aware, and politically committed negro identity. One ... More


“Ain't Gonna Study War No More” (1939–1942)

Jerry Zolten

in Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152722
eISBN:
9780199849536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152722.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

Ira Tucker would be as important to the success of the Birds after the 1930s as James Davis had been before. Davis had seen the group through its first decade with his vision and leadership. Ira ... More


The Bible Is Full of Prophecies: Black Evangelical Musicians and Black Politics

John Burdick

in The Color of Sound: Race, Religion, and Music in Brazil

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814709221
eISBN:
9780814723135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814709221.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter considers how the identities cultivated within each of the musical scenes influence musicians' attitudes toward struggles for racial justice. Gospel samba artists have a weak record of ... More


We Are the Modern Levites: Three Gospel Music Scenes

John Burdick

in The Color of Sound: Race, Religion, and Music in Brazil

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814709221
eISBN:
9780814723135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814709221.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter provides a historical and ethnographic overview of the three music scenes which are the book's main foci. Gospel rap appeared in the early 1990s with the conversion to Protestantism of ... More


Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel

Gary Dorrien

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780300205619
eISBN:
9780300231359
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300205619.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Breaking White Supremacy analyzes the twentieth-century heyday of the black social gospel and its influence on the Civil Rights Movement. Asserting that Martin Luther King Jr. did not come from ... More


“A Wheel in a Wheel, 'Way Up in the Middle of the Air” (1916–1928)

Jerry Zolten

in Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152722
eISBN:
9780199849536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152722.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

“A wheel in a wheel.” So go the words of the old African American spiritual. No one knows exactly what the ancient biblical images meant, but they do coincidentally resonate with the life of James B. ... More


“Who Are We?” (1977 and Beyond)

Jerry Zolten

in Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152722
eISBN:
9780199849536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152722.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

On a warm summer evening, June 28, 1998, the Birds celebrated their 70th anniversary with a grand dinner and roast coordinated by Ira Tucker, Jr., at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The ... More


Conclusion: Evangelicalism, Blackness, and Music in Brazil

John Burdick

in The Color of Sound: Race, Religion, and Music in Brazil

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814709221
eISBN:
9780814723135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814709221.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This concluding chapter considers the implications from the studies discussed in previous chapters. First is the fact that black gospel music sustains a richly textured, oppositional, ethnoracial ... More


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