“I sing because I'm happy – I sing because I'm free -
for his eye is on the sparrow, and I know, [God] watches me.”
-(Civilla D. Martin, 1905)
In honor of Black History Month, our monthly hymn sing will focus primarily on spirituals. All are welcome to join us. “Lift every voice, and sing!”
The history of music in the American church is greatly enriched by the contributions of African-American composers and lyricists. Some of our most beautiful and heartfelt musical expressions can be found in their songs, which were born from the experiences of slaves and others who suffered from discrimination. These songs express the joy of worship, while at the same time resisting the oppressive society their creators inhabited. Many of these songs, which we often call spirituals, can be found in the hymnals currently used in churches, and they are among the favorites of singers everywhere. They're beautiful, as well as being a lot of fun to sing.