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  1. I have to say, I was moved by this video. Fantastic work you have done in teaching us more about the history of our people and their form of language, which eventually led to African American Vernacular Language.

  2. You've done a service to the internet and to the world by publishing this. I spend all day, every day, watching musical documentaries on YouTube to try to come to a better understanding of musical history, and I don't think that I've ever seen so much insightful information packed into 8 minutes. It blows my mind to think of what a presenter with your mastery of communication could accomplish in an hour-and-a-half, haha. You've educated me this day, and I thank you for that!

  3. Thank you so very much for sharing your information. I loved it. Very informative and engaging. I really liked the trying to tap to ones heart rhythm with your toe instead of with your heel. I'm going to remember and use that

  4. This is fabulous. Thank you Calvin. I do a jazz unit with my 4th/5th graders each year and I am looking for new more engaging videos. My students will love this and it explains spirituals SO much clearer than anything I have studied. Thank you!!

  5. As a child growing up in the 50's we studied and sang these spirituals.  We would sing them in school concerts – I loved these songs and still do. Today, however, even talking about the Negro Spirituals is not politically correct for a white individual.  I believe we've lost a very important part of our history and culture not to mention the spiritually that these songs gave all of us, black and white alike. 

  6. Thank you! I am grateful that you are sharing the spirituals & America's cultural heritage with your students. I have many spirituals on my website that explain the secret codes within the music and how the slaves used the spirituals to communicate with one another on the UGRR. I also suggest the short documentary on my site entitled 1619. It traces slavery in American to the first 20 Africans to arrive in the new world in 1619. It is in the video section on my site mentioned above.

  7. Thank you for sharing. I teach this to my middle school students. I love the way you explain the difference between classical music as an art form and the Spiritual as an expression of human feeling and true human expression. Prohibiting the use of drumming in North America but not South America. That explains the beautiful array of South American Rhythms (Cumbia, Bolero, Carnavalito, etc……)
    Thank you!!!!