Mavis Staples

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For a slightly younger generation, the Staples Singers evoke memories of avocado colored refrigerators and polyester pants. Not a bad thing, necessarily, but certainly not the reason you should know the name Mavis Staples . In the new book, " I’ll Take You There ," music journalist Greg Kot connects the dots between modern American culture and the great migration as African-Americans moved from the deep south to Chicago. Mavis Staples is part of the fabric of Chicago, Kot tells Texas Standard's David Brown. "[She's] a cultural institution. Her family is a cultural institution," he says.