A comprehensive multimedia Web site at the University of Denver that outlines the cultural and historical influences of the spirituals. It includes selected samples of interviews conducted with performing artists, community workers and composers along with information about its origins in literary and cultural forums.
Chapter from W.E.B. Du Bois 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk dealing with "the rhythmic cry of the slave, the most beautiful expression of human experience, the siftings of centuries, the voice of exile."
An excerpt from the book "Standing in the Need of Prayer" in which Corretta Scott King writes about how prayer and song of African-American slaves became a spiritual lifeline for her and other civil rights advocates in the 1960s and on.