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The Harlem Renaissance: Music, Religion, and the Politics of Race

Airs Tuesday February 14th at 8PM on 93.9 FM, AM 820, and NJPR; Sunday February 19th at 9PM on AM 820

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

During the vibrant years of the Harlem Renaissance, music, religion, and spirituality were interconnected - not just in the religious setting of the church, but in the jazz club, the dance hall, the rent party, even the political street rally.  Writer Carl Hancock Rux, Reverend Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, historian Farah Griffin, Professors Josef Sorett and Obery Hendricks, and others explore these powerful interconnections.  Hosted by Norris J. Chumley of the Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life. 

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April from Manhattan

I grew up white in the South, and loved black music on the radio, especially gospel, those deep bass voices so full of soul and that with which it merges. White church music sounds tinny and flat to me. I listened outside white camp meetings when people came up to Jesus, shaking. I was in the Civil Rights Movement because I truly feel my soul is black, and the harsh injustices of segregation were so egregious. I wish NPR would cover those race riots in Chicago and around the country. Too much talking about race in the South as a way of NOT talking about race in the North, take a look at NYC police. We knew segregation was wrong, drank out of Colored water fountains, Went in Colored restrooms. waiting rooms, but beyond that didn't know what to before Rosa Parks. In DC I lived near a black gospel church. They were praising the Lord through music 24/7 and not only did I never get annoyed or tired, I slept like a baby and was always in a good mood. African American culture is a blessing to this country and though I protested for integration, I'm disturbed by Harlem being majority white. How to let it keep evolving as it has over the years? A historic district?

Feb. 14 2012 09:01 PM

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