Cast of JUBILEE, Picture by Margot Schulman

That day meant freedom for the slaves in Bible times, (Leviticus chapter 25) and even more so when slavery was instituted to the new world: North and South America and adjoining territories.

Jubilee for American slaves came in 1863. Fisk University (Nashville, Tennessee) seven years later created a group of singers to stun the country with voices singing with precision timing, and phrasing, that it became their tool to raise funds for the university.

Fisk, was the first higher learning institution in 1866 to offer a liberal arts education to men and women “irrespective of color “. In the beginning, they were not called JUBILEE SINGERS, but by 1871, the name was attached. The group was made of students, they were free people, their jubilee had arrived.

From the history pages of Fisk University

ARENA STAGE in Washington D.C. is staging a must see production (May June,2019) called JUBILEE: a look at the journey of this remarkable group, that survived for almost 30 years.

This is not all singing of the so called Negro Spirituals but it relives assaults from hate groups, and the difficulty of managing high strung personalities.

While I sat there I heard voices in unity, softly humming some of the spirituals.

Cast of JUBILEE, Picture by Margot Schulman

The lighting and images throughout the production are enthralling. After the show I spoke with one of the stars, SEAN MAURICE LYNCH (Frederick Loudin).

Published by Oswald Copeland

Born 1946, Georgetown Guyana, South America. Broadcast journalist since 1968. Been living in the United States, since 1974. Has done extensive work in sales and marketing, and likes to write about culture in and around Baltimore Md. His personal passion is healthy living: www.losebumpsloselumps.com. Creator and Executive Editor of THECULTUREPAGEDOTCOM.

2 thoughts on “I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD (waiting for a JUBILEE).

  1. Jubilee came to the Hackney Empire in London this year. The had performed there 100+ years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The storytelling of the piece was beautiful and insightful: I hadn’t known that some of the original performers had been born slaves. Several London choirs accompanied the peformers, which added to the community element. Well worth supporting.


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