Baylor University's Pruit Memorial Symposium to Focus on Black Gospel Music

Oct. 30, 2013

Baylor University invites you to attend the 2013 Pruit Symposium, "Marching to Zion: Celebrating and Preserving Black Sacred Music" on Friday Nov. 8 and Saturday Nov. 9. All events will be held at George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor campus.

A panel discussion, "Onward Christian Soldiers: Celebrating Black Sacred Music" will take place in the Great Hall at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The panelists participating in the discussion are Dwandalyn R. Reece, Ph.D., Curator of Music and Performing Arts
at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture; Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music and African-American Studies at Northeastern University; Birgitta Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and School of Music and African-American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina and moderated by Robert Darden, Associate Professor of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media at Baylor.

The Jones Family Singers, acclaimed soul-stirring gospel group will perform at 7 p.m.

A complimentary continental brunch is open to all at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Please make reservations for the brunch at

The Bells of Joy concert, featuring the last gospel quartet with two original members from the 1950s, will follow the brunch at 11 a.m.

In 1996, Ella Wall Prichard and the late Lev H. Prichard III of Corpus Christi, Texas established the Pruit Memorial Symposium Endowment Fund in memory of Helen Pruit Matthews and her brothers, Dr. Lee Tinkle Pruit and William Wall Pruit.

For more information about the Pruit Symposium, visit

For more information on the Libraries Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, visit