Date(s) - Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - Sunday, February 28, 2021
All Day

Willie Morris Library


Join us virtually as Dr. Lashunda Calvert, History Professor at Hinds Community College, shines a light on the meanings of African American spirituals.

Hosted by Willie Morris Library.



Works Cited

(04, May 12). African American Spirituals [Video]. PBS.

African American Spirituals – Library of Congress. Library Congress.

Bryant, A. (2007). Let It Shine. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Gordon, J. B. (2020, October 27). Sounds to Move Your Spirit: Negro Spirituals. Black Music Scholar.

Rappaport, D. (2002). No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance. Candlewick Press.



Barton, William E. (1899). “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.”

The Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901). “Wade in the Water.”

Unknown. “This Little Light of Mine.”

Willis, Wallace (c. 1862). “Steal Away.”


Featured Books

All Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African-American Spirituals – Ashley Bryan

Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals – Ashley Bryan

On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History through the Spirituals – Nikki Giovanni

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands – Kadir Nelson

No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance – Doreen Rappaport

Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown – Sally M. Walker


Vocals: Dr. Lashunda Calvert, Lakesha Smith, LaTosha Smith