Music from a variety of African-American traditions is featured this Sunday morning in honor of Dr. Martin Luther Day. The Centering Music includes arrangements from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s “Twenty-Four Negro Melodies” of orally-transmitted songs from the U. S. and the African continent, followed by a popular “rag” by Scott Joplin. The Offertory is a jazz favorite by the legendary Errol Garner. The CUUC Choir is also on hand with music from Native American and East-African traditions, all in keeping with Dr. King’s vision for a more inclusive society.
Read on for programming details.
Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
“Let Us Cheer the Weary Traveler”
Traditional Spiritual, arr. by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Traditional South East African, arr. by Coleridge-Taylor
Maple Leaf Rag
Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
Now I Walk In Beauty
Navajo Prayer, arr. by Gregg
South African Freedom Song
I am an enrolled member of a federally recognized indigenous American tribe, the Karuk. If a White church attempted to honor the Karuk by singing one of our holy songs, regardless of their intentions, I would be deeply hurt and offended. It does not honor indigenous people to sing their songs. It is theft and diminishment. This is an unpopular opinion. White churches have a long tradition of doing this. I will not attend this service, as there is not, in this congregation, a time in the service to give feedback at the end of the service. Thank you!
In the spirit of love,