In the New Yorker, David Remnick recounts the time he spent with Mavis Staples in her Chicago home base.
At 82, she shares her history as a part of a family band that brought gospel to the masses and emerged as an important voice in the civil rights movement.
As an early teen, I was introduced to The Staple Singers’ and their song “I’ll Take You There” on Soul Train. At the weekly post-show Teen Center visit, the song was on heavy rotation as well as the politically charged “Respect Yourself. “
I was lucky enough to see her open for Bonnie Raitt a few years ago. As a regular touring partner, Raitt says, “She’s never cranky. She has an abiding belief in God and His plan and believes the world is moving toward a higher and more loving world.”