Small Background

The 2014 Pruit Symposium, "Marching to Zion: Celebrating and Preserving Black Sacred Music" is a three-day series of lectures, panels and unforgettable performances sponsored by the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media, the Department of American Studies, and the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Truett Seminary at Baylor University.

This year's Symposium will feature a keynote by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, one of the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement; Dr. James Abbington, one of the nation's leading composers and conductors of African American sacred choral music; Dr. Dwandalyn Reece from the National Museum of African American History and Culture; and several other well-known experts in the field of black sacred music and preservation.

The Symposium will also feature two nights of gospel music celebrations that are open to the public, and will culminate with a gospel brunch featuring a concert by the Jones Family Singers.

We hope that you are able to join us at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in October for what will be an historic gathering and celebration of black sacred music. For more information about the 2014 Pruit Symposium, please contact us by email or call (254) 710-3200.