With the passion of a poet and the knowledge of a historian, Nikki
Giovanni tells the story of Africans in America through the glorious
words of spirituals.
Ever since she was a little girl attending three different churches,
poet Nikki Giovanni has loved the spirituals. With the passion of a
poet and the knowledge of a historian, she paints compelling
portraits of the lives of her ancestors through the words of songs
such as “Go Down, Moses” and “Ain’t Got Time to Die,”
celebrating a people who overcame enslavement and found a way to
survive, to worship, and to build.
Back matter includes a glossary, a bibliography, source notes,
recommended recordings, an index of song titles, and an index.