"Dr. King would be so disappointed."

"I'll sing until I can't sing anymore," declares Mavis Staples in the HBO documentary Mavis!, which premieres Feb. 29. Blessed with a soul-stirring voice that deserves classification as a national treasure, Staples, 76, is prefacing the film's debut with the Feb. 19 release of her latest album, the joyous Life on a High Note, on Anti- Records. Reflecting on her storied six decades as an artist and activist -- her legendary family band The Staple Singers frequently performed at civil rights rallies -- the Grammy winner imparts a few lessons that have stuck.


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