PBS-TV American Experience Series National Broadcast
Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory, Tues., Nov. 19, 2019, 9:00 PM EDT; After the broadcast, view the documentary webvideo on the PBS-TV American Experience website; Visit your local PBS-TV affiliate for broadcast days/times
On November 16, 1871, a group of unknown singers — all but two of them former slaves and many of them still in their teens — arrived at Oberlin College in Ohio to perform before a national convention of influential ministers. After a few standard ballads, the chorus began to sing spirituals — “Steal Away” and other songs” associated with slavery and the dark past, sacred to our parents,” as soprano Ella Sheppard recalled. It was one of the first public performances of the secret music African Americans had sung in fields and behind closed doors.
For more information on the documentary film, visit https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/singers/.
After the broadcast, view the documentary webvideo on the above PBS-TV American Experience website. Visit your local PBS-TV affiliate for broadcast days/times. For other PBS-TV American Experience Documentary films and webvideo, visit https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/.
Posted November 21, 2019