Join us for an evening of celebration and education as we learn about and sing along to African-American Spirituals presented by professional storyteller, Mett Morris. Families are welcome!
African-American Spirituals are songs born from the tragic experiences endured by enslaved people in America and are considered to be the foundation of the black experience during the height of slavery. The songs were an expression of the faith, hope, grief, and anguish experienced by the enslaved people, but they also carried encoded messages in their lyrics. They are credited as being one of the first truly American forms of artistic expression.
In her nearly 20 years as a professional storyteller, Mett has worked with The National Storytelling Network and the People to People Ambassadors Program. She has even traveled as far as China to perform her stories.
Originally from Mississippi, Mett has been an active member of the Quincy community for 16 years. She currently serves on the Dr. Eels House Board of Directors and is a member of the Missouri Folklore Society.