"One of the most amazing things that I discovered when I was doing my research was a review of a performance of hers in England in 1970 compared her to a blacked-up Elvis in drag. And what’s so astonishing to me was the fact that history was already being rewritten - when in fact Rosetta Tharpe had been influential to Elvis Presley. The way that we remember or forget is not just about the natural passage of time, it’s also a social process. And forgetting takes place through discrete repeated acts of forgetting, [and] that process happens especially to black women performers in the musical world."
-Prof. Gale Wald on Sister Rosetta Tharpe