Digital Library of Georgia: Decades of episodes of Augusta, Georgia’s pioneering African American gospel television program Parade of Quartets now available freely online

Digital Library of Georgia; Decades of episodes of Augusta, Georgia’s pioneering African American gospel television program Parade of Quartets now available freely online. “Parade of Quartets, broadcast on WJBF-TV in Augusta, Georgia since 1954, is a rare example of a sustained African American media presence on a southern television affiliate. Hundreds of well-known Black gospel musicians such as Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and the Swanee Quintet have appeared on the program. In the last few decades, the program’s content has expanded to include local and national African American political leaders’ appearances. Some of them appear in the digitized materials, which cover the period from 1980 to 2011.”

Baylor University: Preacher Archives Add New Element to Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project

Baylor University: Preacher Archives Add New Element to Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. “The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University is preserving more than just gospel music. In the past few years, Baylor journalism professor and former Billboard gospel music editor Robert Darden and his team have undertaken the project of restoring and preserving recorded sermons from black preachers in addition to the gospel music. While both are equally important to preserve, finding sermons to preserve comes with a unique set of challenges.”

Baylor University: Baylor Libraries Wins Texas Digital Library Award for Black Gospel Music Restoration Project

New to me, from Baylor: Baylor Libraries Wins Texas Digital Library Award for Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. “The only national project documenting the ‘Golden Age’ of black gospel music (1945-1975), the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project (BGMRP) has digitized and provided access to more than 3,000 unique digital items in multiple formats, including recordings, posters and photographs. Its rich collection, developed over 11 years, is used in research about musical styles, lyrical analysis and performance practice, as well as for outreach opportunities, such as concerts, art exhibits and symposia.”