Gospel According to Mavis
By Tom Lanham
It was the last question she had expected to face this April, but it was an all-too-urgent one: To hobble or not to hobble? But there he was, only a few feet away on the White House grounds, thought gospel/blues legend Mavis Staples, as she prepared to meet the President of the United States. And surely she could stand and stroll proudly without the use of a walking stick that a recent knee injury had necessitated. Surely on an uplifting day such as that—the annual In Performance at the White House concert dedicated to Memphis soul, featuring Booker T., Sam Moore, Eddie Floyd and Staples herself belting her...