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Brooksie Harrington is a collector of songs -- songs that tell the stories of African-American history. The spirituals, the work songs, the jazz. "I don't want the story to be lost," he said.
Harrington is an associate professor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, where he teaches a course he designed called The Aesthetics of Gospel.
“Teaching here, in these courses,” he said, “it is most appropriate that I talk about the evolution of spirituals, the culmination of the spiritual and literature. It is impossible to teach African-American literature without including music. It’s impossible.”
This is one of four profiles by The Fayetteville Observer on residents who are keepers of black history.
Video by Raul R. Rubiera and Abbi O'Leary

Posted By: Elynor Moss
Wednesday, February 11th 2015 at 12:54PM
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