Africa to America: The Journey of the Drum– Sounds of Blackness
This list wouldn’t be complete without some gospel on it. While plenty of gospel albums could make the exhaustive list, Africa to America holds the top slot. Sounds of Blackness was the first group I’d ever heard who combined the gospel with African American history. As much as that album educated me, it simultaneously restored my faith. While I was seven when this album came out, it was and still is a staple of my childhood, as I heard it every Sunday morning. Even though, I’m not in my parent’s house anymore, I still carry some of those uplifting jewels with me on my iPod today. Those songs have encouraged me through some tough times.