I Shall Not Be Moved

‘I Shall Not Be Moved’ reveals the heart and soul of the African American Spirituals. As human beings one of the most powerful emotions we have is our deep-rooted yearning to have our voice heard and acknowledged. It was no … Read More

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

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