Sunday, February 7, 2010

Discrepancies in Memories and Oral History

Memory is a funny thing and we know that when several people witness the same event such as an accident, they will all remember and recall it differently. This is a hilarious video of a discussion among three black gospel music pioneers, Thomas Dorsey, Sally Martin (lady on left side), and Willie May Ford Smith (lady on right side) about the origins of the first Gospel Music Convention.

Mr. Thomas Dorsey keeps his cool as he sits in between these two argumentative and highly opinionated women.

If I were the person who asked this question to these three gospel music pioneers, I would write down ALL sides of the story.


Greta Koehl said...

Oh, my, this could have been a discussion in my family or my husband's family. We've learned how to discreetly slip out when this happens... Also sort of reminds me of some of the transcriptions on TransylvaniaDutch. Must be fun when you cite oral history as a source: "Opinion expressed by Person A (disputed by Person B)."

Anonymous said...

Wow what wonderful film footage! These were all incredible gospel music pioneers, and the film footage was amazing to watch and the difference of opinion was priceless. How great that it was captured.

Renate Yarborough Sanders said...

What priceless (and hilarious) footage! I just love Mr. Thomas' last line though; "Wherever you have more than one, you got trouble!" LOL!

Great share! Thanks!