What connections, what traditions could help people cope with being forcibly transported from one continent to another? The literary and artistic forms of spirituals and poetry not only tied communities together socially and artistically during slavery, but also continue to enrich the multicultural fabric of our state today through the work of contemporary African-American poets, musicians and artists. Award-winning poet, performer and distinguished scholar Gloria Burgess explores the rich, beautiful heritage of spirituals and poetry from the African-American tradition in a spirited sojourn through words and music. This interactive presentation covers the sometimes hidden meanings of specific spirituals and poems, including how the art helped people cope as they were transported from another culture. During the discussion, audience members can learn how to connect directly with the tradition of spirituals in their local community.
Funded project of Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization in Washington state and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.