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  • Amos J Wright
    Fyi.. ajwright@uab.edu The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress presents: BIRMINGHAM SUNLIGHTS -- African American Gospel quartet from Alabama
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      The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress presents:

      BIRMINGHAM SUNLIGHTS
      -- African American Gospel quartet from Alabama

      Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at Noon
      Coolidge Auditorium

      The dynamic Birmingham Sunlights are dedicated to carrying on the art
      of unaccompanied gospel harmony singing that has an especially
      brilliant heritage in their home place Jefferson County, Alabama.
      Formed in 1979 by music director James Alex Taylor, the quartet
      originally included James' brothers Steve and Barry, and Ricky Speights
      and Wayne Williams; Williams has since been replaced by Bill Graves.
      Upon becoming aware of the rich Jefferson County gospel quartet
      tradition they sought training from a senior quartet, the Sterling
      Jubilees, to learn songs traditional to the area. For over twenty years
      since then, the Sunlights have carried their joyful message all over
      the United States and the world. They have appeared at numerous
      festivals across the nation, performed in France as ambassadors of
      Alabama traditional culture, toured five countries in Africa and
      performed extensively in the Caribbean and Australia under the auspices
      of the United States Department of Information and the United States
      State Department.


      For more information please call 202-707-5510 or visit
      www.loc.gov/folklife
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