Friday, December 28, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Photo: Reuters/Miguel Vidal
Today on Tapestry, the legendary Mavis Staples. For more than six decades she has used her gift of music to advance civil rights and social justice. With her father and siblings in the Staple Singers, they performed at rallies and the sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and created what is known as the soundtrack of the civil rights movement.
Mavis Staples grew from gospel singer, to rhythm and blues artist, to actress and social activist. Her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples led the band. His friendship with with Dr. King drew them into the centre of the battle against racial discrimination in the U.S. in the 1960s. Mavis continues the struggle with songs like Keep Your Eyes on the Prize , her version of the inspirational anthem for justice.