Saturday June 18 Tribute To Gospel Music Legends Panel At Fellowship Church, Salute To Sam Cooke

2:30 PM


                     HERITAGE MUSEUM


**Funding Grant, Gospel Legends Tribute, Support For “Sam Cooke Way”, Chicago Street Designation, Support From Sam Cooke’s Former Chicago Pastor and Gospel Music Colleagues

Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum



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Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum Receives $5,000 from

Illinois Humanities Council for Gospel Legends Roundtables


Chicago, IL (5/25/2011)The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 grant from the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) to host the first-ever “Chicago’s Living Legends of Gospel Roundtable Series.” 


Held quarterly beginning in June 2011, Chicago’s Living Legends of Gospel Roundtable Series will be a quarterly cycle of conversations with a group of Chicago-based gospel singers and musicians who rose from humble beginnings to international prominence during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.


The first roundtable will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Fellowship Baptist Church, 45th and Princeton Streets in Chicago.  Inez Andrews of the Caravans; Willie Rodgers of the Soul Stirrers (the vocalist who studied under and followed Sam Cooke as lead singer of the legendary Soul Stirrers and whose voice continued in the Sam Cooke sound) and Civil Rights leader Rev. Clay Evans, founder of Fellowship M.B. Church (Sam Cooke’s pastor) will serve as panelists.  Gospel radio announcer Effie Rolfe of Inspiration 1390 AM will facilitate the discussion. FREE ADMISSION !!


Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum Founder Rev. Dr. Stanley Keeble said, “Thanks to the Illinois Humanities Council, everyone, and especially young people, will be able to hear from those who were there, who traveled the gospel highway during a time of disenfranchisement and discrimination against African Americans, and who succeeded despite sometimes overwhelming obstacles.”


The roundtables will be videotaped for placement in the Museum’s archives.  “I can’t think of a better place than Chicago’s south side, where gospel music was born more than eighty years ago, to hold these historic gatherings,” Rev. Keeble added.


For more information on the Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum or the roundtable series, contact Rev. Keeble at 773.870.0224.


“The Illinois Humanities Council is proud to support not-for-profit organizations that promote the importance of the humanities in private and public life.  Through their efforts, Illinoisans have greater access to lifelong learning opportunities,” said IHC Executive Director Kristina A. Valaitis.  “These champions of the humanities make their communities and our whole state more vibrant.”


The IHC’s Community Grants program is its oldest.  Since 1974, the IHC has welcomed grant proposals from not-for-profit groups that have a story to tell about the state, or who have a way to use the humanities to enrich community life.  Not-for-profit organizations may apply for Mini Grants up to $2,000 and Major Grants up to $10,000.  For more information about the Illinois Humanities Council, please contact the IHC offices at 312.422.5580 or visit their website at




About the Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum
The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum, Inc. is a 501c3 organization founded in 2002 by Rev. Dr. Stanley Keeble that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of gospel music and Chicago’s influence on the development of the genre.  It will carry out this mission through its operation of a museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

Previously housed on the campus of Michael Reese Hospital, it now has administrative offices at the Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church at 4100 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.  For information or to join the charter membership program call 773.870.0224.






Mark S. Allen, Board Member 773-392-0165

Because The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum has an event at the same time of the “Sam Cooke Way” Honorary street naming on 36th & Cottage Grove/Ellis, we would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to Gregg Parker, founder of The Chicago Blues Museum and all the officials responsible for the Sam Cooke Way atreet naming.


Long before Sam Cooke ventured into the areas of Pop, R&B, Blues music, it is clear that he was absolutely rooted in the Black church of Chicago and Gospel music. Sam is one of The Gospel Music Heritage Museum’s Pioneers for his relationhip to the church and many of Chicago’s Gospel music legends.  Many of our past and current Board members have special connections to Sam Cooke in that Sam was a member of Fellowship Church, pastored by the Rev. Clay Evans and it was Rev. Evans who eulogized Sam, and our museums founder and curator Rev. Dr. Stanley Keeble also performed at Sam Cooke’s funeral.  Sam Cooke will always be a part of the Gospel Heritage Museum Pioneers and we are glad to join and share in the celebration of “Sam Cooke Way” right on the very blocks where Sam lived and the very Chicago community where Sam Cooke went to church.



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