Black Gospel: Robert F. Darden and the New Jerusalem Baptist Choir
Black gospel music has proved to be one of America’s most phenomenal musical genres. Robert Darden will discuss the Black Gospel Restoration Project, followed by a performance from the New Jerusalem Baptist Choir, at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 23, at the Allen Public Library.
Through the use of stunning audio recordings, Mr. Darden will highlight various facets of Black Gospel music.
Mr. Darden is the founder of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University, the world’s largest initiative to identify, acquire, digitize, categorize and eventually make accessible fast-vanishing vinyl of gospel music from gospel’s Golden Age (1945-1970). The Black Gospel Music Restoration project provides the gospel music for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History & Culture.
In addition, he is the author of two dozen books, including Nothing But Love in God’s Water, Volume I: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement (Penn State University Press, 2014) and People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2004).
Darden’s articles and essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times and Oxford American. He has been featured in hundreds of radio and television programs, such Fresh Air with Terri Gross (NPR), 1A with Joshua Johnson, All Things Considered (NPR), CSPAN and BBC World Service.
The New Jerusalem Baptist Choir is located in McKinney, TX and has performed at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. They offer a musical treat you will not want to miss!
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.