ILLUMINATION
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ILLUMINATION

The Healing Balm of Black Music

Documentary reminds me when Stevie Wonder calmed a city

Drawing by Alexander C. Kafka on Flickr.com

The Academy Award-nominated documentary of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival is much more than a showcase of talent, ranging from gospel to Motown to funk to blues to jazz.

“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” is also a history lesson about how music reflects the…

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Vanessa Gallman

Vanessa Gallman

Experienced journalist, educator and retired opinion-page editor with occasional musings