Is The Spirituals History Valuable?

“The continuing legacy of those historic songs helped bind us together, gave us courage and helped us march together during the Civil Rights Movement. I believe as you do that this is historical and cultural information which should be preserved. … Read More

Hidden Within The Spirituals

What exactly is hidden in a spiritual? Was there a path to freedom embedded in these songs? Were the enslaved Africans just victims or were their triumphs hidden in plain view? What are we teaching our children? These are questions … Read More

African American Spirituals Forgotten

The African American Spirituals are just too valuable to be forgotten. In my many conversations with my dear friend Dr. Dorothy Height(1912-2010), Civil Rights icon, former Chair and President Emerita for National Council of Negro Women said to me, “I … Read More

‘GRATITUDE’ A COLLECTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN SPIRITUALS

It is with great pride and love I present to you my new CD rerelease ‘GRATITUDE’ a collection of African American Spirituals As A National Treasure. I was thrilled to have the incomparable Katreese Barnes as background vocalist on this … Read More

THE SPIRITUALS TRANSCEND AMERICA’S REFLECTION OF HISTORY

In historical context, the spirituals transcended and survived societies one sided reflection of history in a time period that would not allow the slaves who created the spirituals to have a voice. Therefore the essence and secret intent of the … Read More

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

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

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