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dc.contributor.author Cleveland, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-07T13:03:33Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-07T13:03:33Z
dc.date.issued 2008-02-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/5143
dc.description Ashley Cleveland is a three time Grammy Award winning gospel singer/song-writer who loves hymns and traditional black gospel. “Precious Lord,” the song Cleveland sang at An Evening of Sacred Blues, fits both of these musical genres. Seeking refuge in music, Thomas Dorsey wrote the song after his wife and child died in childbirth. Although he was deeply depressed at first, he said that the song came to him through the Spirit of the Lord, confirming that the Lord was with him and giving him courage to move on. “Precious Lord” then became an anthem of the Civil Rights movement largely because it was Martin Luther King’s favorite song; Dr. King would insist that it be sung, often by Mahaliah Jackson, wherever he would speak or march. Thus, a deeply personal song which had supplied hope and courage to one man similarly gave hope and courage to an entire race, demonstrating to many people the power of music and the power of the living God. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Vanderbilt Divinity School, Downtown Presbyterian Church at Nashville, Center for the Study of Religion and Culture en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Music, Religion and the South en_US
dc.subject God in Music City en_US
dc.subject Ashley Cleveland en_US
dc.subject Vanderbilt University. -- Divinity Library Exhibit 2012 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dorsey, Thomas Andrew. -- Precious Lord, take my hand en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Gospel singers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Blues (Music) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Vanderbilt University. -- Center for the Study of Religion and Culture en_US
dc.title Precious Lord en_US
dc.type Recording, musical en_US


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