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Good News for the Motor City: Black Gospel Music in Detroit

Since the early 1930s Detroit has been one of the prime centers for Black gospel music. Even though gospel was overshadowed in the 1960s by the pervasiveness of the Motown sound, the sacred tradition always was strong in Black neighborhoods, co-existing with the secular. Through the years the two traditions have influenced each other, and they both have served to meet the constantly changing and expanding needs of the urban Black community.

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