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Sing to Freedom: Music of the Underground Railroad

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3900 General Taylor

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A Professional Development Workshop presented by Community Works and the New Orleans Arts Education Alliance

For General Classroom, Music, and History/Social Studies Teachers of Grades 3-8.
Light refreshments served.

Community Works and New Orleans Arts Education Alliance (ArtsEdALL) are partnering to present a professional learning workshop for teachers. “Follow The Drinking Gourd” is one of the many secret code songs used by runaways from slavery and their allies during the time of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In this participatory workshop, learn to decode and sing this song and other traditional songs of the Freedom Train. In addition, teachers learn songwriting strategies to update period songs and compose new songs on freedom themes. Participants leave with Kim and Reggie Harris’ recording, Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railroad, as well as a song-writing guide on CD and a certificate of completion.

This workshop was developed in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.


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Dr. Kim R. Harris is a recording artist, teacher, composer and storyteller, traveling the nation, performing concerts, and lecturing on the music of the underground railroad and the modern civil rights movement. A founding artist in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Changing Education through the Arts program, Harris is an advocate for arts integration in learning. Steeped in the tradition of African American spirituals and the music of civil and human rights, she is recognized as a gifted leader of song and a passionate cultural advocate. Harris earned a PhD in worship and the arts from Union Theological Seminary. She composed Welcome Table: A Mass of Spirituals, along with composer and colleague, M. Roger Holland, II and wrote the libretto and collaborated with Wm. Glenn Osborne to compose the one-act family opera, Friends of Freedom: An Underground Railroad Story. Harris is a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and the North American Academy of Liturgy. She is liturgical consultant for the Archdiocese of New York Office of Black Ministry as well as a clinician for GIA Publications Inc.
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