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Author Darden Knows Importance of Listening

Nov. 26, 2010

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It stands to reason that musicians interviewed by Baylor professor, author, and journalist Bob Darden would ask him if he wanted them to sing for him. Music goes with the territory of writing a prior book about black gospel, "People Get Ready," or an upcoming book, "Nothing But Love In God's Water: The Influence of Black Gospel Music on the Civil Rights Movement." So sing they did. Voices like Cleo Kennedy in Birmingham.

But in our own lives, there are a lot of people waiting for an invitation to sing. Maybe not literally, but figuratively. To share their talents, to tell their story, and to see that someone cares about their experiences. That's what today's National Day of Listening is all about. The vision of Storycorps founder Dave Isay, the day is designed to bring people together and discover what we have in common and what we can learn through listening. That's what Bob Darden has done in his interviews with subjects talking about some very personal and profound times in their lives.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear these stories from the people in your life. They won't be around forever. The threat of losing the people whose stories shaped the civil rights movement prompted Darden to search out his subjects. And like you might, he got some fascinating stories from people like Cleo Kennedy.

So sit down with someone on National Day of Listening. Like Bob Darden, you might just find someone willing to sing for you.

For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.

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