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Peace Be StillHow James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir Created a Gospel Classic$
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Robert M. Marovich

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252044113

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252044113.001.0001

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The Reverend Lawrence C. Roberts and the First Baptist Church of Nutley

The Reverend Lawrence C. Roberts and the First Baptist Church of Nutley

(p.9) 1 The Reverend Lawrence C. Roberts and the First Baptist Church of Nutley
Peace Be Still

Robert M. Marovich

University of Illinois Press

The opening chapter situates Peace Be Still in its geographic and cultural context of Essex County, New Jersey, a destination for African Americans departing the South during the Great Migration. It offers brief biographies on two of the book’s principal characters: Lawrence Roberts, who organized the Angelic Choir, and Dolores Pigford Roberts, his wife and an Angelic Choir member. Readers learn what it was like to grow up African American in a religious household in the Newark metropolitan area. It offers a history of the First Baptist Church of Nutley, where Lawrence became pastor and for which he formed the Angelic Choir, which recorded Peace Be Still in 1963.

Keywords:   Lawrence Roberts, Nutley, First Baptist Church, New Jersey, Great Migration, Dolores Roberts, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Newark, Essex County, Angelic Choir, music ministry

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