Southern gospel quartets continue to flourish, surviving segregation and members’ deaths.
Aug. 18, 2012 Joe James, singer with the Voices of Clouds, a gospel quartet, mingles with the crowd during a performance at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Lanham. Long before African Americans worshiped in multimillion-dollar sanctuaries or owned recording studios, gospel quartets barnstormed across Dixie singing about the Lord and serving hope to a generation of blacks oppressed by segregation. At the same time, these singing groups suffered the sting of racism. Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post