Community Education

Gospel Music in Black Churches

December 17, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Desmond Campus

In the historic black church, praying, preaching, and singing are viewed as the three pillars of religious life. Before African-Americans were allowed open access to the pulpit or were provided the space and opportunity for prayer, the enslaved in the United States created and shared communal songs. The music of the enslaved, the spirituals, contained the seeds of theology: a theology focused on freedom, resistance, and a quest for humanity. Black sacred music eventually evolved beyond spirituals and continued through several identifiable phases including prayer and praise songs, black meter music, hymns of improvisation, and historic and modern gospel music. Each of the musical phases corresponds to various time periods in the history of African Americans and reflects not only varying musical styles and typographies, but also various struggles in the African-American community at given points in time. Come join us to learn more about gospel music and how it reflects the religious history of the African-American community and experience.

Instructor: M. Hinton
Fee: $10
Snow date: Friday, Dec. 20

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