Black Gospel Music Celebration to Highlight African-American Influences on Culture

Feb. 20, 2017

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the foyer of Moody Memorial Library, the Baylor Libraries, KWBU 103.3FM and the Baylor Bookstore will host "SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments" - a celebration in honor of Black History Month and the KWBU listening community. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature free Dr Pepper floats, black gospel music listening stations, opportunities to visit with KWBU on-air personalities, and a book and poster signing by author and Baylor professor of journalism, Robert Darden. Darden hosts "SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments," a series of two-minute audio segments that air on KWBU and NPR stations around the country. The segments, produced in partnership with the Baylor University Libraries, highlight key figures, spaces and movements in African-American history relative to the black gospel music tradition.

"What a joy to be a part of something that will last for ages," Darden said. "Music is the great unifier in a world full of dividers. I'm so grateful to KWBU and the Baylor Libraries for their essential role in sharing this priceless music."

Darden is the inspiration behind the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project of the Baylor Libraries, an effort to preserve black gospel music recordings from the "golden age of gospel" from 1945-1975. To date the project has preserved over 3,600 records and was recently included as part of the standing exhibits in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"The Baylor Libraries are glad to host this community event in honor of Black History Month." said library dean Pattie Orr, who also serves as board chair for KWBU. "The black gospel project is one of the initiatives in our libraries of which I am most proud. Through our digitization efforts we have been given the opportunity to preserve this significant cultural heritage for future generations. By supporting efforts like KWBU's SHOUT! and our own internal curation efforts, we will continue to share this cultural heritage with the world."

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