African American Music Connecting Through Music

Music around the globe is a way of connecting with other human beings. It overcomes language, age, and culture barriers. Within a culture, it is also a powerful force, and the people of the African Diaspora have used music over the centuries to connect with one another and with the heritage from which they were torn.  

In the United States, churches have held a pivotal role in uniting and strengthening African American communities, and within those churches, music has been and still is a medium through which congregations build a sense of spirit, strength, and celebration.