11.26
Working for Peace in Ferguson

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Fr. Robert Rosebrough

Fr. Robert Rosebrough marched for civil rights in the 1960s. Today he is helping his parish in Ferguson, Missouri, respond to the shooting death of an unarmed African American teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer. As Pope Paul VI said, “If you want peace work for justice.” Read the story about Fr. Rosebrough’s ministry in America here: Working for Peace in Ferguson

10.25
TCC Playlist: Oh Mary Don’t You Weep by The Swan Silvertones

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The Swan Silvertones

The Swan Silvertones were a popular American gospel group in the 1940s and 50s. We love their rendition of “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” an African American spiritual that pre-dates the Civil War. The story of Moses delivering the slaves out of Egypt inspired American slaves and “Mary Don’t You Weep” played an important role in the American Civil Rights Movement. An agnostic friend once said, “When I listen to the Swan Silvertones I feel like I believe.” Listen after the jump:

7.9
TCC Radio: Forgiveness | Transom Radio

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Hector Black

“I don’t know how many times I’ve said the Lord’s Prayer . . . and that means forgive.”

Hector Black on his work in the Civil Rights movement, his faith, and his decision to forgive the killer of his adopted daughter Trish. Listen to the story from the Transom podcast after the jump:

1.29
TCC Playlist: Streets of Glory and We Shall Not Be Moved by Pete Seeger

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Pete Seeger The great American folk singer, Pete Seeger died yesterday at the age of 94. Seeger used his music to support civil rightslabor unionsthe peace movementenvironmental causes and other social issues. He often used spirituals to inspire and encourage his audiences. Spirituals he sang, like “We Shall Overcome” played an integral role in the American Civil Rights movement. Bruce Springsteen once said of Seeger, “At some point, [he] decided he’d be a walking, singing reminder of all of America’s history. He’d be a living archive of America’s music and conscience, a testament of the power of song and culture to nudge history along, to push American events towards more humane and justified ends. He would have the audacity and the courage to sing in the voice of the people.” May he rest in peace. Listen to two of his spirituals and see photos after the jump:

7.21
TCC Playlist: He’s My Friend Until the End by Sam Cooke

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The son of a Baptist minister, and one of eight children, Sam Cooke got his start singing in church.  He later sang with the gospel group the Soul Stirrers, and eventually crossed over to popular music.  Teenage girls swooned at his shows.  Arguably the most important soul singer in history, even as a pop star, Cooke continued to be a voice for peace and justice with songs about the Civil Rights movement like “A Change is Gonna Come.” Listen to his song about Jesus “He’s My Friend Until the End” after the jump: