September was designated Gospel Music Heritage Month by Congress in 2008. Rooted in the African American oral tradition, gospel music helped us get over.
On Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 2:00 pm, the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University will hold a panel discussion focusing on gospel pioneer and 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Dyana Williams, National Museum of African American Music board member. Panelists include Louis Massiah, documentary filmmaker and founder of the Scribe Video Center; Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter and arranger Dana Sorey; and Rev. Joseph Williams Jr., an original member of the Sons of the Birds.
The program includes a performance by singer and songwriter Treena Ferebee. The event which will be held at Bright Hope Baptist Church in Yorktown is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged. To register, go here.