Reviewed by David Swanson.
A couple miles from my home on Chicago’s South Side is the burned out shell of Pilgrim Baptist Church. As impressive as its building was before a fire in 2006, it is what happened inside the sanctuary that sealed the congregation’s reputation. Under the direction of long-time music minister Thomas Dorsey the church is credited with birthing gospel music in the 1930s. Driving by the abandoned building today it would be easy to miss the influence this historic African-American church has had on global Christianity.