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Eyes On The Prize

Mavis Staples
and Ry Cooder

From her new CD: We’ll Never Turn Back

I can think of no good excuse for you not to buy this.

As musical activists in the 1960s civil rights movement, the Staple Singers were powerful voices for equality and change. And more than 40 years after Pops’s daughter Mavis spent a night in a West Memphis, Arkansas, jail at the behest of a racist cop, she still remembers the terror of the experience, as well as the counsel of Dr. Martin Luther King. That episode is at the centerpiece of “My Own Eyes,” one of the most moving offerings on this collection of songs of racial struggle in the ’50s and ’60s, produced by guitarist Ry Cooder and featuring backing from the original Freedom Singers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Mavis singing with some guys in a band

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