COMMENTARY: The Subversive Power of Spirituals and Faith

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c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The soloist was halfway through “Wade In the Water” when I realized that this call-and-response chant sung by Southern slaves was telling how to escape: “wade in the water, children,” so that Master’s bloodhounds can’t pick up your scent. Wear black, said another verse, to escape detection. What other […]

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