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Rev. Susie Smith

Many African-American Spirituals were written and used by the slave community in this nation as tools to help individuals make their escape to freedom. They announced secret meetings, identified gathering places and signaled that the time for leaving was near. These spirituals also provided encouragement, hope and energy not only then but during the Civil Rights Movement and down to the present day as we continue to work for freedom and justice.  (Service associate: Erin Dwyer)