Cultural Heritage and the Responsibility of Edifying Black Sacred Music

dc.contributor.advisor Brooks, Dwight en_US Giles, Henrietta en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Bratten, Clare en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Foss, Katie en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Cockrell, Dale en_US
dc.contributor.department Mass Communications en_US 2015-06-12T19:07:40Z 2015-06-12T19:07:40Z 2015-04-07 en_US
dc.description.abstract This research explores the role Black sacred music has in Black culture and its historical influence on cultural identity. As a theoretical basis, this study uses cultural identity to examine how African Americans' connection to Black sacred music informs utilization by African Americans. Generational and lifestyle differences have contributed to young people's limited exposure to this music, and some who have a strong relationship with the sacred songs feel its continuance is threatened. Some African American churches seek to limit the inclusion of Black sacred music and opt for more contemporary or progressive styles of worship music. Without exposure, it becomes difficult to know or understand the practices and historical meanings associated with this genre. Diminished performances of Black sacred music also weaken the connection older African Americans may have with the music from religious or cultural experiences that occurred earlier in their lives. This research examines the relationship between African American culture and Black sacred music and how different generations of African Americans interpret its usefulness and historical relevance. en_US M.S. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Black sacred music en_US
dc.subject Long-meter en_US
dc.subject Ring shout en_US
dc.subject Singing and praying bands en_US
dc.subject Spirituals en_US
dc.subject.umi Music en_US
dc.subject.umi Black history en_US
dc.subject.umi Film studies en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Cultural Heritage and the Responsibility of Edifying Black Sacred Music en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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