2020: Gospel Music in Word and Song

2020 Pruit Symposium, February 4, 2020, 3:30pm and 6:30pm

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.

The 2020 Pruit Symposium welcomed Dr. Cedric Dent who serves as professor of music at Middle Tennessee State University. From 1985-2011, Dent sang baritone with gospel and jazz vocal sextet Take 6, recording 11 albums that sold millions of copies and garnered eight Grammy Awards and 10 Dove awards. In 2013, Dent received the Heritage Music Award from the National Association of Negro Musicians and, in 2014, he rejoined Take 6 for their induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. On February 4, Dent offered a public presentation on the story of the development of the unique vocal arrangements of Take 6, and then later walked a spirited audience at Toliver Chapel through a participatory history of black gospel music. Both events were free and open to the public.

Speaker Dr. Cedric Dent

Dr. Cedric Dent
Middle Tennessee State University

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2020 Pruit Symposium
featuring Dr. Cedric Dent

Public Presentation
"David and Goliath: Gospel Music in Word and Song"
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
3:30 p.m.
Armstrong Browning Library
Foyer of Meditation
This event is free and open to the public

"Fly Away: Gospel Music in Word and Song"
with Truett Seminary student Joslyn Henderson and others
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:30 p.m.
Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
1402 Elm Avenue
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This event is free and open to the public

The 2020 Pruit Symposium is made possible by the Pruit Memorial Symposium Endowment. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Baylor University Libraries; the School of Music; the Center for Christian Music Studies; the Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media; the Department of History; the Department of Religion; Greater Bosqueville Baptist Church; George W. Truett Theological Seminary; and Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.