WBEZ Archives: Mavis Staples Reflects On MLK's Influence On The Staple Singers

In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, singer Mavis Staples is shown at her home in Chicago. Stapes is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won a the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, singer Mavis Staples is shown at her home in Chicago. Stapes is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won a the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, singer Mavis Staples is shown at her home in Chicago. Stapes is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won a the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, singer Mavis Staples is shown at her home in Chicago. Stapes is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won a the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

WBEZ Archives: Mavis Staples Reflects On MLK's Influence On The Staple Singers

Originally aired January 19, 1998

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Eight-Forty-Eight host Jan Coleman interviews singer Mavis Staples. Staples reflects on Dr. King's impact on The Staple Singers and plays recordings of their top songs including "Respect Yourself".