I want to share and celebrate the journey of the African American Spiritual becoming recognized as an American National Treasure in 2007 with you. Knowing the slaves used their original music, that we know today as African American spirituals, as a tool to ensure 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!