Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music


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Dvd. 38:42. GodFilms, 2014.

As part of The Africana Hymnal Project of the United Methodist Church, the Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice video was produced to help viewers “Reflect” on Black sacred music from the past, “Reclaim” its connections to the present, and “Rejoice” in its heritage for the future. The Africana Hymnal Study was authorized in 2008 to determine the need for an official United Methodist hymnal for North American Christians of African descent. Although the committee confirmed music as an important element of the worship life in Black churches, it found that songs do not need to come from a hymnal. In the film, choirs and soloists from congregations in Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina perform traditional styles of music called Long-Meter Hymns, Ring Shout, Singing and Praying Bands, and Negro Spirituals. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard, the movie is informative, as well as inspirational, for people interested in the impact of Black sacred music on American culture and racial ethnic churches.

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