Happy Black History Month! Throughout history, black folks have contributed much to the world of music. In today’s episode, we are spotlighting the history of African-American spirituals and gospel music.

You’ll learn…

  • Which gospel song was a favorite of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The historical importance of call and response spirituals in worship
  • How the Fisk Jubilee Singers brought African-American spirituals to a worldwide audience

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Oh Happy Day (Doddridge)

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

 Deep River (Burleigh)

Wade in the Water

Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Dorsey)

Peace in the Valley (Dorsey)

For this episode’s Listening Calendar, I’m trying something new! Rather than downloading a separate listening calendar as in episodes past, I’m including the listening calendar as part of this post. (Let me know your preference in the comments!)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 14

Enjoy the links to performances connected to our theme of AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUALS/GOSPEL MUSIC until a brand new episode of Busy Kids Love Music airs in two weeks.

Day 1: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Day 2: Down by the Riverside

Day 3: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Day 4: Sinnerman

Day 5: There is a Fountain Filled With Blood

Day 6: Amazing Grace

Day 7: (Give Me That) Old Time Religion

Day 8: Oh, Happy Day

Day 9: Go Down Moses

Day 10: Precious Lord, Take My Hand

 

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