Harlem Walking Tour The Black Church And The Rise Of Gospel Music
The tour is conducted by an author, historian, New York City born and raised licensed tour guide. In this tour we will visit 9 landmark sites which include the first Black Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregationalist, and Baptist churches. We will examine their history, their leaders, and their role in the anti-slavery movement as well as the civil rights movement. This tour also looks at the role of Gospel music in the history of the Black church. We will study its growth from the ring shout (the foundation of all African American music), to the Spirituals, the role of the Protestant hymnals, ending with what became known as Gospel Blues, today simply called Gospel music. The tour ends with a visit to a church service where we will listen to a live Gospel choir.
A Licensed New York city born Tour Guide with a portable video and audio system.