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 Who is the father of Negro spirituals?

Answer Harry Burleigh, a prolific African American composer and performer, is known as the "father of Negro spirituals." He lived from 1866 to1949 and influenced many musicians, including important collab... Read More »
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Why were spirituals important to enslaved African Americans?

During slavery in the 18th and 19th century American South, slaves endured harsh treatments, such as beatings for petty mistakes, rapes, separations of families and the denial of access to literacy... Read More »
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Who wrote the Negro National Anthem?

James Weldon Johnson wrote the words to "Lift Every Voice and Sing" in 1899. The following year, his brother John Rosamond Johnson turned it into a song. The song was adopted by the NAACP as the "N... Read More »
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How many players were on each negro baseball team?

Unlike today, when major league baseball teams have 25 players on their roster, Negro League teams were able to have only 14 or 15 players. This was mainly due to financial constraints on the leagu... Read More »
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