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Even more than the blues, gospel is the wellspring of African-American music; nearly all of our great black singers and songwriters started their careers testifying in church. University of the District of Columbia Professor Kenneth W. Louis, contributing composer of “Lead Me, Guide Me,” the first African-American Catholic hymn, provides an overview of the black sacred music tradition in “The History and Aesthetics of the Gospel Choir.” The lecture features a performance by the UDC gospel choir at noon at the Library of Congress’ James Madison Building, Mumford Room, 1st & Independence Ave. SE. FREE. (202) 707-6590. (Eddie Dean)