An Introduction to Spirituals, Part 2

Did you miss Part 1? Read it here!   Our experience of Spirituals today is as fully accompanied songs or choral arrangements. A large part of their effectiveness comes from the accompaniments created by the original arrangers, working a generation or two after the end of slavery. Two of the most prominent arrangers were William […]

An Introduction to Spirituals, Part 1

At every church I’ve served, I always devote the month of February to African American Spirituals. These songs have a power that goes well beyond their beautiful melodies and poignant lyrics. They are songs of despair, protest, and hope from an enslaved people, and they are a stark reminder of an ugly chapter in our […]