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June 09, 2010

Preserving Black Gospel Music

Preserving Black Gospel Music

Mary D. Williams is afraid that traditional black gospel music is disappearing. She grew up loving her father's singing and the performances he gave with his gospel group "The Dependable Quintet." But Mary didn't know she had the same gift until she was 13. She's now teaching students how to feel the power of traditional gospel music through the hymns she knew as a child.

Mary talks to Dick Gordon about what she's doing to spread the word, and keep the gospel music she grew up with alive.

Music heard in this story: Mary D. Williams in Blood Done Sign My Name and A Second Chance: Live at the Upper Room

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