Evoke LA: Lord, Don’t Move That Mountain
Join us on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. for Evoke LA – a unique collaboration between ALOUD and KPCC/LAist. Inspired by collections in the Los Angeles Public Library archives, we’ll dive into the heart and soul of the city to illuminate its rich history through a contemporary lens.
The sheet music for “Lord, Don’t Move That Mountain,” written by pioneering L.A. based African-American gospel music composer and publisher Doris Akers with gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, serves as the connection point for this conversation. Singer Maiya Sykes (she/her) reinterprets and reflects on the composition in a special performance. Historian Tyree Boyd-Pates (he/him) joins Maiya, curator Josh Kun (he/him), and KPCC/LAist host Austin Cross (he/him) for a discussion on the evolution of gospel music across the history of Black Los Angeles.
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ALOUD is the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ series of bold and powerful programs. This series brings world-class authors, artists, scientists, activists, and more, together for conversation and performances to libraries and other venues across the city. These free events are constantly evolving through new ideas that are informed by the changing world and the audiences we serve.
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