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March 2020

Young, Gifted and Black Concert

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
First Baptist Church, 1260 29th Street
Marion, IA 52302 United States
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Soprano Randye Jones will perform Negro spirituals during the Young, Gifted and Black tour concert, "What a Mighty God We Serve." More information about YGB is available at https://www.grinnell.edu/academics/majors-concentrations/music/ensembles/young-gifted-and-black

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April 2020

The Negro Spiritual and the American Civil Rights Movement

April 2 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm CDT
Burling Library, Grinnell College, 1111 6th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112 United States
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Researcher and lecturer Randye Jones will address the question of how the Negro Spiritual, the folk songs created by slaves in the 19th century, came to play a vital supportive role during the American Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century. Her presentation will engage attendees in a discussion of how the spiritual served as a bridge between the different cultures of Northern and Southern protesters and helped provide encouragement when those protesters needed it. The lecture is free and…

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Tryin’ To Get Home Spirituals Concert

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, 1128 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112 United States
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Soprano Randye Jones and pianist Marlys Grimm present a program of concert spirituals by composers Roland Hayes (from The Life of Christ), Hall Johnson (from Son of Man), John Carter (Cantata), Margaret Bonds (Five Creek-Freedmen Spirituals), Wendell Whalum, Roland Carter, and Betty Jackson King. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Randye Jones.  

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May 2020

Lecture: Harriet Tubman and the Songs of the Underground Railroad

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman became known as “Moses” for her exploits as she led dozens of escaped slaves along the hazardous routes of the Underground Railroad during the antebellum period of the United States. Tubman and others within the Underground Railroad used secret codes, including the singing of specific Negro spirituals, to communicate with one another without the knowledge of those outside the system. What were these songs and how did Tubman and other “conductors” use them so successfully? Music historian…

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