Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory

Video. PBS, 2019.


This PBS documentary explores how former slaves contributed to American culture while overcoming oppression.


articles and historical timeline; transcript of the documentary; the history of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "This Little Light of Mine;" the Fisk Jubilee Singers; the rich heritage of African American spirituals

Recommended Audience

worship leaders; anyone interested in racial justice and gospel music



Practical Applications

  • Appreciate this Black expression of music by watching with your choir or worship team.
  • Celebrate and claim the resilience of Black communities by watching with your congregation.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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