Only In Print: The Old Rugged Cross

Most people recognize these as the opening lines of the popular hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross” which was written by George Bennard in 1912 and has since been recorded by hundreds of Christian artists across almost every genre of music.

MLK and the Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

When a bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, demanded that a young Black woman named Rosa Parks give up her seat in the non-Black designated section of the bus, so began the civil rights movement in earnest. 

POPE VISIT MUSIC STORE ROME

Pope Francis Pops by His Favorite Record Store to Say ‘Hello’

Pope Francis took an evening ride in a white Fiat 500 to visit a record store he used to go to when in Rome as a cardinal. Letizia Giostra, the store owner, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the surprise visit Jan. 11 was “an immense thrill.”

African American Angel — God Blessed Billie Holiday

Many of the iconic African American female vocalists of the 20th century endured great hardships before achieving success in the music industry.  From Billie Holiday to Etta James, there was a great deal they had to overcome on the road to fame and fortune. 

The Gospel Roots of Country Music Icon Charley Pride

Country Charley Pride, as he was affectionately called when starting out, would go on to earn 29 No. 1 hits on the country chart, 12 gold albums, be named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 1971, become only the second African-American artist invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, and be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.