What is my connection to a gospel shout?
For those who are new to this blog, I am writing an historical middle grade novel which takes place in Charlotte in 1950. The main plot is about how a 13-year-old-white girl and a 14-year-old-light-skinned African American girl discover that they are second cousins. In the process of researching the story I have read books, interviewed scores of people, and tried to capture life in Myers Park and Cherry—the neighborhoods in which my main characters lived.
One of the stories I heard was about the annual Daddy Grace parade that wound itself through Brooklyn, a neighborhood torn down in urban renewal during the 1960’s. Thinking that could be an intersecting point for my characters, I’ve researched Daddy Grace and his influence in the African American community. Although the original House of Prayer for all People which he founded in the 1930’s was razed, a new building now draws hundreds of people to its location in North Charlotte. When I found out that the Levine Museum was hosting a concert there, I suspected I would find a detail or two that would find its way into my book.
I was not disappointed.
Since pictures are worth a thousand words, videos must be worth several thousand each. Here is a sampling of what I saw and heard.
Here is Felton Weather, first lead trombonist:
And the rest of the Clouds of Heaven band:
The youngest musicians:
|Jaydon Caldwell, age 6, plays along with his Daddy, a trombonist|
| Members of the United House of Prayer Bailey String Praise band and choir. |
Photo by T.ORTEGA GAINES, Charlotte Observer