Title

Of Griots and Grace: The Art of Oral History and The History of African American Religion

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2005

Publication Title

Black History Bulletin

Abstract

The article discusses the history of African American religion which was expressed in oral histories and in the music known as spirituals and how it survived in the centuries of slavery. Despite racism in American Christianity, the African worship tradition evidently remained in America as women in church wear African-inspired headwraps or hats to symbolize possession by the spirit in a ringshout.

Original Citation

Williams, R. N. (2005). Of griots and grace: the art of oral history and the history of African American religion. Black History Bulletin, 68(2), 15-21.

Volume

68

Issue

2