From the spirituals of the southern plantation fields and the soulful chords of black gospel, to the full-throated determination of protest songs demanding social justice and change during the civil rights movement – music helped unite people, forge identities and create art.
As San Antonio's Dream Week celebrations continue, we explore another genre of music that transformed America - gospel.
- Robert Darden, journalism professor, founder of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University and author of "Nothing But Love in God's Water: Volume 1: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement" and "Nothing But Love in God's Water: Volume 2: Black Sacred Music from Sit-Ins to Resurrection City"
- Kimberlyn Montford, Ph.D., associate professor of Music History and co-director of African American Studies at Trinity University
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San Antonio's annual Dream Week takes place Jan. 6-21, 2017. The city-wide summit of events encourages residents "to participate in an open forum where real-world issues are discussed in a well-balanced manner" to proliferate the teachings and aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.