Jones, Alisha

During the 2008-09 academic year, Alisha Lola Jones researched African American sacred music and social justice in Chicago, through her work on the 2008 presidential election and its influence on the worship of the Trinity United Church of Christ congregation. Recently, Ms. Jones presented a paper entitled “Playin’ Church: Questioning Authenticity of Black Gospel Performance” at the 2009 Midwest Region Conference of the American Academy of Religion, in which she used performance theory to compare the continuity of the North Carolinian Gospel Music tradition in performances by Rev. Shirley Caesar and Fantasia Barrino. This summer, she will present a paper during the National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference at DePaul University on  Sing for Change, a faith-based organization that raises funds for developing  HIV/AIDS ministries through Christian music worship tours. In addition, Ms. Jones will continue her ethnography of Chicago sacred music and community organization post 2008 presidential election.

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