Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Martin Luther King’

Cinque Cullar Tapped For 60th Anniversary Montgomery Bus Boycott Celebration

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Cinque and Solid GospelInternational Worship Leader Cinque Cullar joins local and national celebrities including Hillary Clinton, Reverend Freddy Haynes, Reverend Bernice King and other dignitaries gathering in Montgomery, Alabama for the week long festivities commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Mrs. Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on December 1, 1955 positioned her as the face of the movement which gained worldwide attention bringing Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  to prominence.

Cullar, a graduate of Alabama State University will sing at the ecumenical prayer service held at the historic Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Dr. King served in his first assignment as pastor.  “I am humbled to lend my gifts in the celebration commemorating the birth of the movement”, states Cullar. “I love Montgomery for its historicity and as an educator, I feel the necessity to make sure that we empower young people through the knowledge and appreciation of our history. The sacrifice and commitment of people like Mrs. Rosa Parks, Dr. King and others should never be forgotten. We are able to enjoy many opportunities not afforded to our parents and grandparents because of their hard work and dedication.”

In addition to the prayer service, a gospel concert will be held on Sunday December 6th at the Dunn Carter Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University.

Cullar continues touring supporting the release of his sophomore release Life and Worship Live In Sweden.

Thomas Dorsey Project Honors Father of Gospel Music

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Thomas A. Dorsey III is leading efforts to preserve the history and legacy of his grandfather through the organization of the Thomas A Dorsey Project.  Widely regarded as the FaThomas Dorsey Projectther of Gospel Music, Thomas Dorsey a noted blues musician who found God in the midst of personal tragedy combined elements of the blues with spiritual lyrics and personal life experiences to form Gospel music.  Dorsey composed over three hundred songs, including Precious Lord, Take My Hand, a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr which was sung at his funeral by Mahalia Jackson and recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton, Al Green and others.  Dorsey was featured in the documentary Say Amen Somebody with Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sallie Martin, The Oneal Twins & The Barrett Sisters.

The Thomas Dorsey Project aims to increase awareness of Thomas A. Dorsey’s contributions to the rich tapestry of American culture and expose new generations of singers, songwriters, musicians and music lovers over the world to his works.

I’ll Take You There Tells Mavis Staples Story

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

TakeyouthereChicago Tribune music authority Greg Kot grants us insider access behind the music and into the lives of one of the premiere family groups in Gospel music as told through the lens and perspective of music icon Mavis Staples.    I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway tells the story of Roebuck Staples, his life in Mississippi and relocation to Chicago, the birth of his children and their use of singing as a daily family activity after Pops returned home from a long day of work.  Kot takes us on an open ended journey covering 60 years of music, beginning with Mavis’ recollections of their first performance as a group in their aunt’s church (where they had only prepared one song and sang it again as the encore) to their first recording session arranged by Evelyn Gay.  Pops bluesy guitar  coupled with their carefully woven harmonies would land them a deal with the Vee Jay label and take the group on to various travels on the Gospel highway as they are introduced to the music giants of the day including Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls,  Reverend CL Franklin and daughter Aretha,  Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan and many more.  Pops and the Staple Singers would befriend and have close relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and their music would instill messages of hope and ignite passion and kindle the fire of the civil rights movement.

I’ll Take You There lives up to its title, taking us through the life changes and adjustments as the group grew in popularity, through the Gospel music years, transitioning into message music and the catapult into the heyday of the Stax and Muscle Shoals jubilee. We get to experience Pervis’ coming of age and leaving the group to pursue other interests including the management of the Hutchinson Sunbeams (who would go on to great success as the Emotions),  Mavis’ marriage proposal from Bob Dylan and her collaborations with Prince and Wilco’s Jeff Tweety, Pops’ Grammy win and BeBe and CeCe Winans pay homage to the group with the cover of I’ll Take You There.  Reading I’ll Take You There will engender a greater appreciation for the Staples and their sizable contributions to music and society as a whole.

Happy Birthday Mahalia Jackson

Friday, October 26th, 2012

She was by far one of the most influential gospel singers of all time.  Recording over 35 albums, she was the recipient of a number of gold records including one for her 1948 recording of Move On Up A Little Higher, which went on to sell over 8 million copies.  She was a humanitarian, a civil rights champion working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King and Gospel’s first Superstar.  The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences created the Gospel Music or Other Religious Recording category for Jackson making her the first Gospel Music Artist to win the prestigious Grammy Award.   Gospelflava.com remembers the life and legacy of Mahalia Jackson.