Bayard Rustin was a prominent civil rights leader and close friend of MLK’s. Although during his lifetime homophobia tended to marginalize recognition of his role in the struggle for racial equality, he is now acknowledged as one of the inspirations behind Dr. King’s policy of non-violent resistance. Rustin had a beautiful tenor voice as well, and this morning’s Gathering Music features a collaboration between him and James Farmer, a prominent Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation's Congress on Racial Equality. In this recording, Farmer narrates episodes from the life of Jesus from the New Testament, with interpolated Spirituals sung by Rustin.
Other musical selections include works by composers of African descent from recent A Tempo with Adam home concert broadcasts. Read on for programming details.
Gathering Music: Rustin and Farmer related the Life of Jesus:
Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Traditional Spiritual, arr. by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Rondo a la criolla
From “Cinnamon Grove”
R. Nathaniel Dett
From “In the Bottoms’,