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

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