I love the African American Spirituals. They saved my life, so I wanted to save them! I want to share with you my successful journey securing support in the US Congress to recognize the African American Spirituals as an American National Treasure in 2007. The slaves used these secret and sacred songs not only as a healing tool for themselves, but also the songs secretly ensured a path to freedom for themselves and future generations. I was inspired and determined to find a way to honor the slaves and their beloved original music.
In 2006, I became the Honorary Spokesperson for the Twin Resolutions I presented to the US Congress to recognize the African American Spiritual as a National Treasure and honor the slaves for their gifts to our nation with our deepest gratitude and respect. It took people willing to lend their support and their voices in joining me in my dream to recognize the African American Spiritual a National Treasure. Watch this video as we successfully ensured the passage of H. RES. 120 and S. RES. 69 by unanimous vote in 2007! Continue the celebration of our beloved National Treasure!