We'll Understand It Better By and By: Pioneering African American Gospel Composers by Bernice Johnson Reagon
From the congregations of small African churches in Memphis, Philadelphia, and Chicago to the nationwide fans of the Golden Gate Quartet, Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke, Edwin Hawkins and others, gospel music has profoundly influenced Americans. This book brings together some of the best pioneering composers and shows the impact of their work on music and culture in America and abroad.
Bernice Johnson Reagon is Distinguished Professor of History at American University. The author of many works, including Black People and Their Culture, she selected and annotated the landmark three-record album collection Voices of the Civil Rights Movement and was narrator and conceptual producer of "Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions," a joint project of the Smithsonian Institution and National Public Radio. A 1989 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Reagon is the founder and artistic director of the a cappella quintet Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Table of Contents
Part 1 I. Overview Chapter 2 1. Pioneering African American Gospel Music Composers: A Smithsonian Institution Research Project Chapter 3 2. The Impact of Gospel Music on the Secular Music Industry Part 4 II. Charles Albert Tindley Chapter 5 3. Searching for Tindley Chapter 6 4. Charles Albert Tindley: Progenitor of African American Gospel Music Part 7 III. Lucie Eddie Campbell Williams Chapter 8 5. Lucie E. Campbell: Composer for the National Baptist Convention Chapter 9 6. Lucie E. Campbell: Her Nurturing and Expansion of Gospel Music in the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc. Chapter 10 7. Lucie E. Campbell Williams: A Cultural Biography Part 11 IV. Thomas Andrew Dorsey Chapter 12 8. "Take My Hand, Precious Lord, Lead Me On" Chapter 13 9. Conflict and Resolution in the Life of Thomas Andrew Dorsey Part 14 V. William Herbert Brewster, Sr. Chapter 15 10. William Herbert Brewster: Rememberings Chapter 16 11. William Herbert Brewster: The Eloquent Poet Chapter 17 12. "If I Fail, You Tell the World I Tried" Chapter 18 13. William Herbert Brewster: Pioneer of the Sacred Pageant Part 19 VI. Roberta Martin Chapter 20 14. Roberta Martin: Spirit of an Era Chapter 21 15. Roberta Martin: Innovator of Modern Gospel Music Chapter 22 16. Conversations: Roberta Martin Singers Roundtable Part 23 VII. Kenneth Morris Chapter 24 17. Kenneth Morris: Composer and Dean of Black Gospel Music Publishers Chapter 25 18. Kenneth Morris: "I'll Be a Servant for the Lord" Chapter 26 References Cited Chapter 27 Discography Chapter 28 Annotated Bibliography of African American Gospel Music Chapter 29 Contributors Chapter 30 Index