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The Gospel Train

Season 1 Episode 1 | 53m 00s

GOSPEL’s hour 1 takes the gospel train north to Chicago, where southern migrants Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe blended the melodic sounds and instrumentation of blues and jazz with lyrics about God’s goodness. Like the blues, gospel would become a commodity, but one built by Black-owned publishing companies like Martin and Morris and sustained by Black audiences.

Aired: 02/11/24 | Expires: 03/11/24
Corporate support for GOSPEL was provided by Bank of America. Major funding support was provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Emerson Collective and the Ford Foundation. Funding was also provided by members of The Inkwell Society and by public television viewers like you.
Extras
The success of "Move on Up a Little Higher proved that Gospel could be profitable.
Rev. Dwight Andrews discusses C.L. Franklin and what Black preaching is.
Dionne Warwick weighs in on what was special about Mahalia Jackson's voice.
Rev. Franklin recorded more than 70 albums of sermons
GOSPEL explores Black spirituality in sermon and song.
Thomas Dorsey co-founds the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses in 1933.
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. visits the Hampton University Ministers' Conference.
In GOSPEL’s hour 3, gospel goes mainstream, taking the good news everywhere.
GOSPEL’s hour 4 explores how gospel and preaching achieved platinum-selling success.
How do you spread the gospel to young black millennials motivated by digital activism?
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