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COLLECTIONSPublished articles, Biographies
TITLEViews from a Black Artist in the Century of Light
AUTHOR 1Elizabeth de Souza
DATE_THIS2020
VOLUME30:3
TITLE_PARENTJournal of Bahá'í Studies
PAGE_RANGE37-50
PUB_THISAssociation for Bahá'í Studies North America
CITY_THISOttawa, ON
ABSTRACTOn the experiences of Black artists; biographical notes on McCleary “Bunch” Washington; African-American spiritual songs.
NOTES Mirrored from journal.bahaistudies.ca/online/article/view/315. See also complete issue [PDF].
TAGSAfrican Americans; Arts; McCleary Washington {Bunch Washington); Painting; Shamsi Sedaghat; United States (documents)
 
CONTENT
About: Twelve years ago, while planning the funeral service for my father, an artist and author born in Philadelphia in 1937, I found within the pages of one of his journals a phrase that caught my eye: The Sorrow Songs. Beneath it were the words Steal Away, which he’d underlined three times. I knew, of course, of the Negro Spirituals, and that this particular song was about the soul’s flight to freedom, either with or without the body. Since that day, my mind often migrates back to those handwritten words, and sometimes I turn on Mahalia Jackson’s peerless interpretation, and as her voice seeks heaven, I ponder the path bequeathed to me by my father.
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