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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

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

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252044113.003.0002

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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