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Posted May 22, 2002
The Eternal Mahalia Jackson Still Shines!!
In this day and age of fast food, fast times and lightning quick technicalogical wonders, it is hard for one not born or alive between the 1930's and the late 1960's (especially in the African-american community) to remember a time when the black church and gospel music captured and mirrored (along with Jazz and the Blues) the pathos, longings and aspirations, as well as the social climate of a people and culture in a very powerful and turbulent time! This book does just that, and beautifully! For amateur historians like myself, who care to learn and keep alive some of the things that made black culture so great and far-reaching in its influences on music, style and the collective world pop culture of the previous and this century, this is a must have! To the young novice or curious reader, this is essential reading to understanding the role that spirituality played in the black struggle that sparked the Civil Rights Movement of the 50's and 60's. And perhaps, sheds light on how far we have fallen from grace into the abyss of today's modern social ills.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.