The Soy Cafe Conversations: Elaine Mack Interview

In speaking about her new book, Ms. Elaine Mack says: “This book makes a very big promotion for arts in the schools. We must have arts in the schools. What’s happened is terrible. What’s happened in these last 20, 30 years is terrible. We’ve got to get music back in the schools. It’s humanizing. It makes people feel like they belong.”

Beginning a series of cozy conversations at North Philly’s Soy Cafe, is this stimulating interview with author and musician Elaine Mack about her new book, “Black Classical Musicians in Philadelphia: Oral Histories Covering Four Generations.” She speaks with the Bluesbadawoman, host of “The Other America Files,” over dumplings and herbal tea.