Music has been the lynch pin to worship since the beginning of time. Through the years the Black church has always been a place of refuge, support and direction has always been the faith.

The common thread of  singing  spiritual songs was shared by all, whether it was one of the five traditional Churches or one of the seven historic Black founded churches.

The churches and choir masters and leaders have always been charismatic, creative voices who set history aflame with new innovative thinking and challenging growth. Music has always been the key that held our communication system together.

During slavery, many slaves were stripped of their African belief systems and typically denied free religious practice, forced to become Christian. Slaves managed, however, to hang on to some practices by integrating them into Christian worship in secret meetings. These practices, including dance, shouts, African rhythms, and enthusiastic singing, remain a…

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