New York City, New York
08:00:30 - 08:03:31
Funky "Soul!" opening with audio layover of King Curtis & Kingpins playing "Soul!" theme. Ellis Haizlip introduces program: "Tonight we are featuring a work that was shaped by one of the giants of our black musical history, Max Roach. Max, together with the J.C. White Singers conducted by J.C. White, has drawn on the sound of contemporary black music & the spiritual as materials for this work. Protest comes in var forms. Marching, sitting-in, fasting, fighting-- I mean, getting down with it. Protest can be a brick hurled through some dumb window & it can be the simple refusal to participate in some inhuman but popular act." "Taken in historical context, the spirituals were songs of protest & inspiration which sometimes even chronicled our history in America. Gospel music, however, has mainly dealt w/ songs of devotion to Christianity as defined by the King James Bible. Frederick Douglass was the very embodiment of protest & resistance. He protested his own enslavement by escaping. He protested the enslavement of our people w/ his writings & his oratory & his tireless activity in the abolitionist movement."