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'Take My Hand, Precious Lord'

'Take My Hand, Precious Lord'

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Title: Take My Hand Precious Lord

Artist: Words/music by Thomas A. Dorsey

Reporter: Linda Wertheimer

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Length: 12:30

Interviewees: Michael Harris, Union Theological Seminary

Recordings Used: Take My Hand Precious Lord, Mahalia Jackson

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Sung at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" is the most-recorded gospel song ever.

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Dr. Michael Harris, a professor of history at Union Theological Seminary, who has written extensively about the song's author, gospel musician Thomas Andrew Dorsey.