AMERICAN VICTIMS OR HEROES?

Who are we, American victims or heroes? Lately I find it difficult, even painful to watch the news as a select few dismantle our core foundation as Americans. America’s compassion, our openness to embrace different cultures and religions and provide … Read More

CELEBRATING ELLA SHEPPARD OF THE FISK JUBILEE SINGERS

I want to honor Ella Sheppard as we celebrate Women’s history month. As choir director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, she arranged the sound of the African American Spirituals to be sung in a European choir format to save Fisk … Read More

THE HISTORY OF THE SPIRITUALS

The history of the spirituals is within itself filled with mystery and intrigue. Many people think the original sound and intention of the spirituals began and were originally sung in the European choir format. This is simply not true. Originally, … Read More

CELEBRATE THE SPIRITUALS 10TH ANNIVERSARY AS A NATIONAL TREASURE

Celebrate the African American spirituals 10th anniversary as a national treasure with me! In February 2007 the African American Spirituals were recognized by the US Congress as an American National Treasure in Twin Resolutions: H. RES. 120 and S. RES … Read More

SPIRITUALS ARE THE VOICE OF A PEOPLE

The spirituals represent the spirit of hope for our nation. The spirituals set a moral high ground standard similar to the moral high ground set in our Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal. The spirituals are the … Read More

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