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Introduction: O Black and Unknown Bards

Introduction: O Black and Unknown Bards Introduction: 0 Black and Unknown Bards In the prologue to this hymnbook , James Weldon Johnson cap­ tures the quintessence of the African-American spiritual and the creativity of the "unknown bards" who fashioned it from the rh ythm latent in their bones and the melody overflowing from their religious souls. Serving as the preamble to his Book of Ameri­ can Negro Spirituals (1925), "O Black a nd Unknown Bards" is also a fitting prologue to this collection of h ymns by fourteen black bards who either were born into slavery themselves or were of the first generation of freedmen. Even though these fourteen are not "unnamed" (like the creators of the spirituals), they are, as bards , "unfamed." Never again to be forgotten, their names are Richard Allen, Joshua McCarter Simpson , Charles Price Jones, Charles Harrison Mason, F. M . Hamilton, Lucius H. Holse y, George Pat­ terson McKinney, Sarah Collins Fernandis, John Howardton Smith, Mary L. Tate, Mary F. L. Keith , H. C. Jackson, S. R. Chambers, and Robert Nathaniel Dett. Richard Allen Richard Allen (1760-1831) was the founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Of the myriad denominations that the black http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

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Copyright © 1990 by Duke University Press
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1043-9455
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2640-9879
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Introduction: 0 Black and Unknown Bards In the prologue to this hymnbook , James Weldon Johnson cap­ tures the quintessence of the African-American spiritual and the creativity of the "unknown bards" who fashioned it from the rh ythm latent in their bones and the melody overflowing from their religious souls. Serving as the preamble to his Book of Ameri­ can Negro Spirituals (1925), "O Black a nd Unknown Bards" is also a fitting prologue to this collection of h ymns by fourteen black bards who either were born into slavery themselves or were of the first generation of freedmen. Even though these fourteen are not "unnamed" (like the creators of the spirituals), they are, as bards , "unfamed." Never again to be forgotten, their names are Richard Allen, Joshua McCarter Simpson , Charles Price Jones, Charles Harrison Mason, F. M . Hamilton, Lucius H. Holse y, George Pat­ terson McKinney, Sarah Collins Fernandis, John Howardton Smith, Mary L. Tate, Mary F. L. Keith , H. C. Jackson, S. R. Chambers, and Robert Nathaniel Dett. Richard Allen Richard Allen (1760-1831) was the founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Of the myriad denominations that the black

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 1990

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