Nothing but Love in God’s Water: Volume 2: Black Sacred by Robert Darden

By Robert Darden

Volume 1 of Nothing yet Love in God’s Water traced the song of protest spirituals from the Civil conflict to the yankee exertions move of the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties, and on throughout the Montgomery bus boycott. This moment quantity keeps the adventure, chronicling the position this song performed in energizing and maintaining these so much seriously excited about the civil rights movement.

Robert Darden, former gospel track editor for Billboard journal and the founding father of the Black Gospel song recovery undertaking at Baylor collage, brings this vibrant, very important tale to existence. He explains why black sacred song helped foster group in the civil rights stream and allure new adherents; indicates how Martin Luther King Jr. and different leaders used tune to underscore and aid their message; and divulges how the songs themselves traveled and adjusted because the struggle for freedom for African american citizens persisted. Darden makes an unassailable case for the significance of black sacred song not just to the civil rights period but additionally to present-day struggles in and past the United States.

Taking us from the Deep South to Chicago and directly to the nation’s capital, Darden’s grittily designated, full of life telling is peppered all through with the phrases of these who have been there, well-known and forgotten alike: activists equivalent to Rep. John Lewis, the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, and Willie Bolden, in addition to musical virtuosos comparable to Harry Belafonte, Duke Ellington, and The robust Wonders. Expertly assembled from released and unpublished writing, oral histories, and infrequent recordings, this can be the historical past of the soundtrack that fueled the lengthy march towards freedom and equality for the black group within the usa and that keeps to encourage and uplift humans all around the world.

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