GOSPEL’s hour 2 traces the Golden Age of Gospel from the Lord’s music to the mainstream.

The Golden Age of Gospel Gospel

Premiered February 01, 2024
The Golden Age of Gospel

Starting in the 1940s, GOSPEL’s hour 2 explores the Golden Age of Gospel — the dramatic explosion of Black sacred music and the segregated highways of the American South — through the successful careers of Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. As the lines between the sacred and secular blur, gospel music becomes the powerful soundtrack of the freedom struggle.

About the Program


GOSPEL, the latest history series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., digs deep into the origin story of Black spirituality through sermon and song.

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