The Negro Spirituals: A Biblical and Theological Perspective
Beginning April 24
Led by Rev. Oscar J. McCloud, this class will discuss the biblical and theological basis of Negro Spirituals, sometime referred to as slave folk songs or slave spirituals – the earliest form of Black Theology. One writer has referred to the Negro Spirituals as “singing the Lord’s song in a strange land.” The Negro Spirituals speak to the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ; to the struggle and emancipation of oppressed people (“Go Down Moses”), to the aspiration and longing for salvation (“We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”). The Negro Spirituals are based on Old Testament and New Testament biblical texts, and key Christian doctrines. Why this class? Not many people are aware of the history, purpose and meaning of Negro Spirituals. This class will explore these components.
The class will meet in the Parlor for five weeks beginning April 24 at 9:45 a.m.