Highlights from the Event

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is proud to present the U.S. premiere of the newly restored and preserved digital version of the critically acclaimed documentary, Say Amen, Somebody (1983). The documentary film, directed by George Nierenberg, explores the lives and music of the pioneers of modern gospel music and features interviews and performances by some of the most renowned musicians, including: Willie Mae Ford Smith and Thomas A. Dorsey.

A wide-ranging cast of musicians narrate the story of the development of American gospel music and provide insight on the impact of the music and the church on their lives, their families and the lives of many others.  Of special significance is the late Thomas Dorsey’s detailed recounting of his inspiration for his best-known song, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”

The presentation will be streamed live on the Museum's Ustream channel beginning at 7 p.m.

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