Pictured is Grammy award winning artist Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers
In celebration of Black History Month, Berklee PULSE will feature assets from our Take Me To The River Elective course. This curriculum, designed by Dr. Dru Davidson, Fine Arts Advisor for Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee, highlights scenes from the award-winning 2014 documentary film, directed by Martin Shore, Take Me To The River. By focusing on the contemporary music of Memphis, Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta teachers have access to the original mix-tracks from the soundtrack masters and resources that engage students in curricular activities that inspire creativity and collaboration.
The featured lesson this month, “Youth Gospel Choir With The Staple Singers“, presents students an opportunity to discuss the socio-political factors that gave rise to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in connection with the overall impact The Staple Singers’ music had on this movement. By exploring the tune “Wish I Had Answered”, written by Roebuck “Pops” Staples, students will connect history to the music they are learning.