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It's been said that religions are the opiates of the masses. In the context of spirituals, perhaps this also holds true though of course they have the redeeming qualities we must acknowlege.

Forbearance of the blacks' lot was possible for so long partly laid to their songs but their awakened anger brought about the Civil Rights movement with songs the wind beneath their wings.

Thank you for your most appreciated program.

Best wishes for 2011 to all responsible for putting on your shows!

Aloha, namaste!
Frank Luke