Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Join us as Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown illuminates the life of pioneering and legendary Black musician and activist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.  Learn how a talented, visionary, young girl born in 1915 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, became a groundbreaking recording artist, singer, songwriter, and guitarist who popularized Black gospel music and revolutionized rock ‘n’ roll.  Although sidelined from musical history as a queer Black woman, Sister Rosetta sang and overcame numerous systemic challenges and rampant discrimination. Weaving together history, music, art, and personal narrative, Dr. Shankar-Brown will share insights on Sister Rosetta’s inspiring life, while also calling on us to sing for justice! Worship leader, Judy Raymond, will guide us through our service.

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