The Rev. Richard Smallwood will participate in conversation with Professor Braxton Shelley and in song with the Kuumba Singers (Harvard), Inner Strength Gospel Choir (Boston University), and Third Day Gospel Choir (Tufts). The evening culminates with a performance of Smallwood’s “Total Praise” at Sanders Theatre from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Nov. 19.

For four decades, the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and pianist has been one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as “Total Praise,” “Center of My Joy,” and “I Love the Lord.”  His songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Kelly Price, Gerald Levert, American Idol’s Ruben Studdard and many others throughout of the gospel world. Even the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, recorded Smallwood’s Faithful.

The Nov. 19 event is free and open to the public. Free parking for the event is located at the Broadway Garage, corner of Broadway and Felton streets in Cambridge.

“Music, Activism, and Well-Being” is presented in partnership with the Department of Music Blodgett Distinguished Artist Program, Office for the Arts, Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund, Harvard College Innovation Fund, the Harvard Divinity School, and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

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