Do you mean to tell us that Rock-n-Roll was invented by a queer Black woman who got her roots singing gospel in the Church of God In Christ? Somebody hand me a church fan because I am about to faint after digging into the juicy details of the life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the trailblazing, electric guitar playing, Godmother of Rock, and the woman who we will learn about and celebrate on day 17 of Black History Bootcamp.



DAY 17: We are the #Daughtersof Sister Rosetta Tharpe

It makes sense to us that God would plant the blueprint of rock 'n' roll into the soul of a little Black girl born in a town called Cotton Plant.  Sister Rosetta Tharpe sang music that was infused with the melodies of Black folks who understood loss and survival. A child prodigy who was touring with her preacher mother and a troupe of evangelical musicians by the age of 6, Rosetta Tharpe dared to combine the sacred with the secular, mixing gospel music with rhythm and blues to create a rock 'n' roll sound that would change the world. But it is her life, not just her music that we will gather to talk about on today’s call. From this woman – queer, Black, bold, and brave – we learn about living authentically, taking risks, and understanding your value. Join us for the live discussion or download the recap. Either way, tune in to this history!



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- Have you strayed away from your church roots? If so, why? 

- Music is therapy. What's your go-to song for surviving tough times?



- LISTEN: Daughters of Rosetta Tharpe, A Spotify Playlist 

- WATCH: This Little Light of Mine, Sister Rosetta Tharpe

- WATCH: The Story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe



IMPORTANT NOTE: Coronavirus is still killing Black people disproportionately.  Please do not gather or walk in groups until we flatten the curve in our communities. Do not trust policy over the protection of Black lives. To support mental health, we invite you to walk virtually with us each day.  This is a solo training mission to build your own discipline, fortitude, and physical strength for the days ahead.  Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands when you return home.


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