Choral director explains connection between Negro spirituals and Civil Rights movement

Choral director explains connection between Negro spirituals and Civil Rights movement

From the days of slavery, when masters would allow slaves to worship God on the sabbath, all the way through the Civil Rights movement, music has played an integral part in inspiring African Americans to escape their situation, whether it was slavery or Jim Crow laws. Anthony Leach, conductor of Essence of Joy, explains how Negro spirituals were used to direct escaping slaves north to Canada and help freedom workers to endure abuse at lunch counters. 

C Roy Parker