On My Journey Now
Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals
author: Nikki Giovanni
Ever since she was a little girl attending three different churches, poet Nikki Giovanni has loved the spirituals. In On My Journey Now, she paints compelling portraits of the lives of her ancestors through familiar songs such as "Go Down, Moses" and personal favorites such as "Ainít Got Time to Die," celebrating a people who overcame enslavement and found a way to survive, to worship, and to build. On My Journey Now includes a foreword by Dr. Arthur Jones, founder and artistic program director of the Spirituals Project. Back matter includes a glossary, a bibliography, source notes, recommended recordings, an index of song titles, and an index.
With the passion of a poet and the knowledge of a historian, Nikki Giovanni tells the story of Africans in America through the glorious words of spirituals.