Keeping Gospel's Legacy Alive



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The gospel song "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" turned 75 in September. Written in 1932, its melody and lyrics unified black communities during the civil rights movement, when it was a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Like many traditional gospels today, the song is in danger of disappearing.


Robert Darden, associate professor of journalism, Baylor University; author of People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music; former gospel music editor for Billboard Magazine



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