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AMAZING GRACE: THE POWER OF ARETHA FRANKLIN

  • Washington National Cathedral- Charles A. Perry Auditorium 3101 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)
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Venue:  Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, (Charles A. Perry Auditorium)

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Film: Amazing Grace | 2018| Neon | Dir. Sidney Pollack, Alan Elliott | 1hr 29 minutes

In 1972, Aretha Franklin filmed a live gospel concert at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in LA, with Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir.   Amazing Grace, the album, sold over two million copies and won a Grammy Award for Franklin.  But the film languished, unfinished, until 2018. 

Our screening of the film documenting that ground breaking performance will be followed by a panel of scholars discussing the career of the Queen of Soul, the spiritual and cultural power of gospel music and its role in the liberation struggle of a people. 

Panelists:

Farah Jasmine Griffin, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, Columbia University 

Daphne Brooks, Professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality, Yale University

Nolan Williams, Jr., Musicologist, theologian, composer, producer and CEO, NEWorks Productions

Moderator: Rev. Canon Kelly Douglas Brown, Canon Theologian, Washington National Cathedral and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary

In partnership with the Washington National Cathedral

Later Event: September 23
SISTERS THAT SWING!