Selected Resources on African American Music & Black Liberation Theology

Abbington, James. Readings in African American Church Music and Worship, Volume I & II. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2001/2014.

Banfield, William C. Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2010.

Boyer, Horace Clarence. How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel. Washington, D.C.: Elliott and Clark Publishing, 1995.

Burnim, Mellonee V., and Portia K. Maultsby. African American Music: An Introduction. New York, NY: Routledge, 2006.

Cone, James. The Spirituals and The Blues: An Interpretation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1992.

Copeland, M. Shawn. Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018.

Floyd, Jr., Samuel A. The Power of Black Music: Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Guenther, Eileen Morris. In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals. St. Louis, MI: MorningStar Music Publishers, 2016.

Jones, LeRoi. Blues People: The Negro Experience in White America and the Music That Developed from It. New York, NY: William Morrow, 1963.

Kirk-Duggan, Cheryl A. Exorcizing Evil: A Womanist Perspective on the Spirituals. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997.

Lovell, John. Black Song: The Forge and The Flame. New York, NY: Paragon House Publishers, 1986.

Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans: A History. Second Edition. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 1983.



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Chelle Stearns

Chelle Stearns


Associate Professor of Theology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology