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Spirituals

“When, struck with a sudden poverty, the United States refused to fulfill its promises of land to the freedmen, a brigadier-general went down to the Sea Islands to carry the news. An old woman on the outskirts of the throng began singing this song; all the mass joined with her, swaying. And the soldier wept.”

- W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

“Spirituals” were songs sung by slaves and were also called “plantation songs” and “sorrow songs”. Scholars have distinguished between two types of spirituals; the first were believed to carry coded messages and instructions and the second type was rooted in stories from the Bible and contained messages of despair, but also of hope for eventual freedom. “Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen” is one such song.

Text for spirituals: Tiffani Saunders, Instructor of Sociology and African American Studies

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Nathan Piper

Nathan Piper

UIS Degrees: B.A. 2012 (Political Science)

Current Position: Communications Specialist with the Illinois Municipal League

Crystal Creswell

Crystal Creswell

UIS Degrees: M.A. 2009 (Business Administration), MBA 2001 (Business Management)

Current Position: Operations Manager for the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI)

Dalitso Sulamoyo

Dalitso Sulamoyo

UIS Degrees: M.A. 1999 (Political Studies), M.P.A. 2002 (Public Administration)

Current Position: CEO, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly

UIS Degrees: M.A. 1985 (Community Arts Management)

Current Position: Senior Director of Advancement and Communications, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

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