Gospel Truth

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Hear some of the gospel music that would have been familiar to the Rev. Dr. King. Also: WNYC's own Terrance McKnight talks with Leonard about Dr. King's personal musical journey. Plus, a look ahead to Inauguration Day. Find out what goes into writing an inaugural speech...and what has and hasn't worked in the past.


Terrance McKnight

Presidents and Their Speechwriters

Find out how inaugural speeches and get written, and the extent of the speechwriters’ roles. Robert Schlesinger is a political journalist and author of White House Ghosts; Jeff Shesol was a deputy chief speechwriter to President Bill Clinton, and is currently a partner at a communications strategy ...

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Speeches of Inaugurations Past

Before Calvin Coolidge’s 1925 inaugural speech was broadcast via radio, inaugurals were usually only read in the newspaper. We look at inaugural speeches of the past, how they’ve evolved, and what tends to make a speech successful or not. Jill Lepore’s article in the Jan. 12, 2009 New Yorker

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Martin Luther King's Musical Journey

WNYC's own Terrance McKnight, host of Evening Music, talks about the Rev. Dr. King's personal musical journey. He's hosting "A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: The Musical Journey of Martin Luther King, Jr." the evening of Monday, January 19.

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The Gospel Truth

Leonard celebrates Martin Luther King day by spinning some of the activist gospel music that would have been performed in Rev. King's church. Here's the full playlist.

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-“Good News,” Marion Williams with the Ward Singers



-“How I Got Over,” Mahalia Jackson 1951 (Legend: The Best of…disc 1) 3:10
- “What Makes a Man Turn His Back on God?” Bessie Griffin, Alex Bradford (The Source, disc 2)
-“Precious Memories” by Norsalus ...


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