Let The Church Sing: Music And Worship In A Black Mississippi Community

Let The Church Sing: Music And Worship In A Black Mississippi Community

by Thérèse Smith, Thirhse Smith
     
 

An examination of worldviews, religious belief and ritual as seen through the musical performances of one Afro-American Baptist church in a small black community in rural Mississippi.See more details below

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An examination of worldviews, religious belief and ritual as seen through the musical performances of one Afro-American Baptist church in a small black community in rural Mississippi.

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"Let the Church Sing!" is a careful and fascinating study of a rural black community and its religious center in Northern Mississippi. In it, Thérèse Smith reveals both the profound importance of religious experience and the tragic racial divisions that have existed in Clear Creek. --William Ferris, Professor of History and Senior Associate Director, Center for the Study of the American South, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Through ethnographic skill and self-effacing scholarly expertise (Thérèse Smith) enables church members to offer their own portrait, in word, symbol, and sound, of how they worship, what they believe, and where they fit-on God's earth and in the Christian cosmos. --Richard Crawford, University of Michigan. Thérèse Smith escorts us through the doors of the Clear Creek Missionary Baptist Church and into a sacred space where song, chanted prayer, and sung sermon intertwine in dynamic ritual aimed to stir the soul. Her work makes a convincing argument for the intensive ethnographic study of local African American church culture. --Ray Allen, Associate Professor of Music, Institute for Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580461573
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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