The Pruit Memorial Symposium at Baylor University brings the perspective of the Christian intellectual tradition to contemporary issues of common concern. Since 2013, this annual symposium has focused on the tradition of American black sacred music in conjunction with the Black Gospel Music Restoration project of the Baylor Libraries. In February 2020, the Pruit Symposium presented multi-Grammy and Dove award winning composer and vocalist, Dr. Cedric Dent from Middle Tennessee State University. In previous years, the Symposium hosted other leading musicians and scholars in the Black Gospel Music tradition. In 2021, the Pruit Symposium will present a multi-day conference. Planning is underway and more information will soon be available.
Each year the Pruit Memorial Symposium is made possible by the Pruit Memorial Symposium Endowment that was established in 1996 by Ella Wall Prichard and the late Lev H. Prichard III of Corpus Christi in memory of Helen Pruit Matthews and her brothers, Dr. Lee Tinkle Pruit and William Wall Pruit.