Tomorrow! Negro Spirituals Heritage Day

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Negro Spirituals Heritage Day Honors Keepers of African American Traditions

The 12th Annual Negro Spirituals Heritage Day will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Koret Auditorium.

Negro Spirituals, declared a national treasure by the U.S. Congress, are religious songs created by enslaved Africans in the southern United States. Spirituals include such well-known songs as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Go Down, Moses,” “Ev’ry Time I Feel The Spirit,” and many more.

Negro Spirituals Heritage Day is presented by Friends of Negro Spirituals and the African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library to help keep this tradition alive. The event includes the The 2015 Negro Spirituals Heritage Keeper’s Award ceremony, presentations by the honorees, and community singing of Spirituals.

This year’s Negro Spirituals Heritage Keeper’s Award honorees are:

Tiearea Robinson
Ms. Robinson is a 26-year-old Negro Spirituals scholar and educator. An instructor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, she is a lecturer in Africana Studies. While Ms. Robinson was exposed to and sang Spirituals from a young age, her appreciation increased as an undergraduate when she began to research the Spirituals. Since that time, she has researched and presented on the Spirituals for classroom assignments, guest lectures, and conference presentations.

Eugene F. Jones (1924 – 2003) and The Echoes From Jordan
Mr. Jones was a celebrated operatic bass singer renowned for his broad repertoire of Negro Spirituals as well as operatic and classical music. He founded and directed The Echoes from Jordan, a disbanded Negro Spirituals singing ensemble that preserved Spirituals. He was a sought-after soloist with a celebrated career conducting community choruses and orchestras and was an educator in African American History with the Berkeley Community School System.

Light Devoy Edwin Harris (1933-2014)
Mr. Harris was the founder of the University of Light and founder and director of the University of Light Jubilee Singers. For 15 years, the University of Light Jubilee Singers sang Negro Spirituals together twice a week. Light arranged and lead concerts at hospitals, convalescent homes, churches, synagogues, and numerous other venues. The choir also sang Spirituals once a month at Episcopal Sanctuary Homeless Shelter Church, giving 112 concerts over a 7-year period.

About Friends of Negro Spirituals

Friends of Negro Spirituals was founded in 1998 by Lyvonne Crisman and Sam Edwards through the inspiration of Moses Hogan and The Moses Hogan Choral’s audio recording of De Battle of Jericho. We are a 501(c)(3) public education and cultural enrichment organization based in Oakland, California, and serves the greater Bay Area and the world at large.

Meet the Authors of Roland Hayes: The Legacy of An American Tenor

A Book and CD Release Signing

presented by San Francisco Public Library
and Friends of Negro Spirituals

Robert Sims Book Flier-SF

Sunday, April 12, 2015
2:00 p.m.

San Francisco Main Library
Koret Auditorium – Lower Level
100 Larkin Street near Market Street
San Francisco, California
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Meet authors Christopher A. Brooks and Robert Sims as they discuss their biography Roland Hayes: The Legacy of An American Tenor.

Enjoy a display of Hayes memorabilia by Bill Doggett and hear excerpts of Sims’ latest CD of spirituals arranged by Hayes.

Purchase your book and CD at the event or at:
Barnes & Noble

Contact Friends of Negro Spirituals for more information.

12/13: Negro Spirituals Community Christmastime Get-Together

Friends of Negro Spirituals
A Community Christmastime Get-Together Celebration

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Join us for community singing, fun family activities, prizes and raffle, and the famous FNS salad potluck!

All Are Welcome
Free and Child Friendly
RSVP with what salad, dessert or drink you’re bringing to our salad potluck.

For more information, call (510) 869-4359 or email

Friends of Negro Spirituals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The 11th Annual Negro Spirituals Heritage Day

Friends of Negro Spirituals

Feeling the Spirit for Negro Spirituals – A National Treasure
An Event Celebrating The 11th Annual Negro Spirituals Heritage Day in Education and Song
Honoring The 2014 Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers

Emma Jean Foster Fiege
Emma Jean Foster Fiege
Vocalist and Educator

Othello Jefferson
Othello Jefferson
Music Educator, Pianist

Church of the Fellowship of All Peoples
Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples

Rev. Carolyn Matthews
Theologian and Educator

No matter your age, join us in singing slavery songs such as “Gimme Me Dat’ Old Tim’d ‘Ligion.”

Saturday, October 25, 2014
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM (Doors open at 2:15 PM)

West Oakland Senior Center
1724 Adeline St.
Oakland, CA
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Honoring Keepers of the Negro Spirituals heritage, Spirituals, the Ancestors, and presenting
the always welcomed, lively community Negro Spirituals singing

For more information, telephone (510) 869-4359 or email fns3.juno@com.

Free admission, donations welcomed.