Negro spirituals were a way for slaves to unite and bond through song and religion. The mix of slavery, African roots and christian influence went beyond music, but helped heal as well. Spirituals gave slaves hope and something to believe in which brought peace during the harsh times of slavery. Negro spirituals are influential songs that eventually evolved and led to the creation of music that is produced today. Now, spirituals are still sung during times like Black History Month by oppressed people for the same reasons. Although spirituals were sung hundreds of years ago and slavery has been abolished, the “protest songs” are still necessary hundreds of years later as the battle has still not been won.