Birth of Gospel

Gospel music birthed from Negro spirituals remains one of the most influential genres in the world offering hope and faith for many throughout the continued suppression of the African American society and imposed systems of oppression. /*! elementor – v3.7.7 – 20-09-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Beginning of Gospel /*! elementor […]

Hidden Messages Within Negro Spirituals

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Negro Spirituals in the United States by Nichele Washington and Janelle Clark

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Negro Spirituals: The Connection between Negro Spirituals and Religion in the United States By Janelle Clark & Nichele Washington /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} What is the Negro Spirituals’ connection to religion in America? […]

The Symbolism Behind Negro Spirituals

It has always been apparent that songs more often than not have deeper meanings embedded in them. Whether it be metaphors, figurative language, or hidden messages, there can always be some kind of take away, lesson learned, or story told. In this post, I will be sharing with you the biblical take aways from some […]

The Spirit of Negros Through Music

Negro Spirituals The earliest form of religious music to develop among African Americans in the United States is known as the spiritual. A music born of slavery, this genre symbolized the slave population’s unique expression of Christian religious values and ideals tempered by the social, cultural, and physical experience of prolonged involuntary servitude. The birthing […]

The Man Has Spirit- J. Rosamond Johnson

J. Rosamond Johnson was an influential Black music artist in the 20th century. He is widely known as the composer of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” He was not only a composer but was also a pianist, soldier, singer, and actor.

Negro Spirituals

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Negro Spirituals By: Jala Stubbs Negro Spirituals laid the foundation for folk music, as they are the traditional music of the enslaved. Negro spirituals were religious songs that rallied communities and became a common ground for expression. Spiritual Seedlings The […]

The Long-Lasting Impact of Negro Spirituals

The Long-Lasting Impact of Negro Spirituals By: MacKenzie Fox The Beginning of Negro Spirituals Negro Spirituals has had a long-lasting impact on the black community, as these spirituals were created during slavery and are still sung today.  This was a form of religious music that had a call and response pattern, consisting of clapping and […]

Negro Spirituals and Marian Anderson: The Downside of Feminism

Negro Spirituals and Marian Anderson: The Downside of Feminism By Kalila Farrakhan Negro Spirituals is a genre of music that was created from the African Americans who wanted to find a way to express their love for Christianity in their African rituals. Negro Spirituals exposes the downside of Feminism because feminism only highlighted white women, […]

A Woman’s Tribute to Negro Spirituals

Marian Anderson Singing Songs to Her Rights By: Demi Browder Who was Marian Anderson? Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was known not only for her contralto, but her bravery to breakthrough racism to show her talent. Growing up Anderson revealed her voice talents early, but unfortunately her family […]

Negro Spirituals: The Slave Songbook

The Christian themed backbone of gospel music in the form of religious work songs with African rhythm and common chanting styles that initially served as a coping mechanism for slavery but has served for all forms of black plight in America.

Oh Freedom!: Spirituals as a Second Language

  Negro spirituals have been prevalent since the time of their creation. In times of enslavement, enslaved Africans were exposed to  Christianity.  Many people believe that the journey during the transatlantic trade washed away all African cultural practices. While many things were stripped from these individuals through chattel enslavement, some still remained.  The way enslaved […]

The Evolution of Negro Spirituals: Ring Shout!

The Evolution of Negro Spirituals: Ring Shout! The concept of ring shout has evolved through time, and it is still prevalent today through groups and churches. Ring Shout is a form of negro spiritual that expresses the Christian religion in unique ways. It is a form of folk spiritual characterized by leader-chorus antiphonal singing, highly […]

Ring Shout: Let’s Get To Shoutin’

The Ring Shout The ring shout is a form of dance that is characterized by leader-chorus singing, hand clapping, other percussion. Participants typically move in a counterclockwise circle. The ring shout has been practiced for many generations and even today with the McIntosh County Singers and the GeeChee Gullah Ring Shouters. HISTORY OF THE RING […]

The Shouts Heard By Many: Ring Shout!

Ring Shout! Background Ring Shout is a form of dance and song that was performed by enslaved African people in the southern United States, Caribbean Islands, and other countries. It is performed by a group, who after starting to sing, form a circle in the center of a space and begin to move counterclockwise.   […]

“You make me wanna shout!”

“You make me wanna shout!” What is ring shout? Ring Shout is a form of negro spiritual that has a leader chorus, hand clapping, and is a type of religious dance where participants move in a counterclockwise circle. This type of Negro Spiritual has been around since the 1800’s and were the slave populations unique […]