Family Workshop: Hush Arbor Living Legacies of African Spirituals

New York, NY

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Hush Arbor: Living Legacies of African American Spirituals with Imani Uzuri

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public


Vocalist, Composer and Cultural Worker Imani Uzuri has crafted an engaging intergenerational workshop to share in song & community. 


Hush Arbors were hidden "safe" spaces intentionally created by enslaved African Americans in wooded areas throughout the southern United States as a place to secretly worship, commune, transcend, strategize, revolt and plan escape. American Spirituals were communally created in spaces such as these. This intergenerational workshop celebrates the rich heritage of this seminal (Black) American folk music acknowledged as a "national treasure" by the U.S. Congress in 2007.


Participants will uncover this body of music's multi-layered and coded history and how its healing, contemplative and revolutionary inheritance continued to remain activated through the Civil Rights Era and within our contemporary musical landscape today. All will be invited to share in communal singing of some of these inspiring songs such as "This Little Light of Mine", "Deep River" and "Wade In The Water". We will also explore the early history of the Blues and Gospel music. Bring a tambourine, rattle, small drum or justyour feet to stomp, your hands to clap and your voices to sing!

All children must be accompanied by an adult; all adults must be accompanied by a child.