The Mighty Ring Shout and Its Spirituals PART II

Photo of doing the Ring Shout in Georgia ca. 1930s

This Friends of the Negro Spirituals (FNS) education program consists of a presentation on the amazingly exciting, often high energy, and almost forgotten Ring Shout, which includes African traditions of call and response, dance, storytelling, African spirituality, communicating in code, and honoring the ancestors.

With audience participation, Angela Thomas, FNS' Education Co-Chair and Song Leader, will demonstrate singing the shout spirituals, handclapping, and beating the stick that takes place in the Ring Shout; there will be video clips of it also.

Come prepared to learn what the Ring Shout is.  What are its origins and meanings? Was it a new song created by enslaved Africans and African Americans to replace older traditions outlawed by their captives?

1–2:30 PM Presentation and Discussion

2:30–3:15 PM Light Refreshments and Networking


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West Oakland Branch

1801 Adeline Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 238-7352