Daniel Walker

Daniel Walker, a 1985 Fontana High School graduate who is now a professor, co-produced and appears in a new television special about the rise of gospel music in Los Angeles.

Daniel Walker, a 1985 Fontana High School graduate who is now a professor, co-produced and appears in a new television special about the rise of gospel music in Los Angeles.

“How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles” will air on Wednesday, June 5 at 9 p.m. on KCET. The show is an episode of KCET's Emmy Award-winning series "Artbound."

Walker is a history professor at El Camino College and has long been interested in gospel music. He founded the Gospel Music Archive at USC and was a curator for last year’s How Sweet the Sound exhibition at the California African American Museum.

He also received an honorary doctorate from Claremont Graduate University last year.

The TV special touches on blacks’ migration to Los Angeles starting in the 1940s, gospel luminary James Cleveland’s influence, Aretha Franklin recording "Amazing Grace" in L.A. and Tom Bradley being named Los Angeles’ first black mayor.

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