2021: Lord, Don't Move The Mountain

2021 Pruit Memorial Symposium
The 9th Annual Symposium on the Black Gospel Music Tradition

Lord, Don’t Move The Mountain!
Women’s Voices in Gospel Songs and Hymns

Doris Akers, Lucie Campbell, and Fanny Crosby

Opening Panel Discussion

“On Themes of Influence, Innovation, and Invocation”
Thursday, February 25 - 3:30 p.m. CST

Dr. Fredara Hadley
Ethnomusicology Professor,
The Juilliard School


Dr. Cory Hunter
Assistant Professor of Music,
University of Rochester;
Assistant Professor of Musicology,
Eastman School of Music


Rev. Dr. Braxton Shelley
Assistant Professor of Music,
Harvard University


Dr. Horace Maxile, Moderator
Associate Professor of Music,
Baylor University


Keynote Address

"Something Within"
Tracing a Womanist Legacy of Self-Possession and Musical Sisterhood
in the Life of Gospel Foremother Lucie E. Campbell

Dr. Alisha Lola Jones [BIO]
Assistant Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
Tuesday, March 2 - 3:30 pm CST

Closing Address

The Song-Sermon as Signature Shirley Caesar
Dr. Mellonee V. Burnim [BIO]
Professor Emerita, Ethnomusicology, Indiana University;
Visiting Professor of Ethnomusicology, Yale University (Spring 2021)
Tuesday, March 9 - 3:30 pm CST

The closing keynote video is not 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.