The South Dallas Concert Choir cordially invites you to come along on this journey as we remember and celebrate the Negro Spiritual. Original contributions of African American composers began with the Negro Spirituals, composed and sung by African slaves in America. The Negro Spiritual is America's true original art form. Communication by Drums was forbidden; therefore communicating through song was born. There is a record of approximately 6,000 spirituals; however, the oral tradition of the slaves' ancestors and the prohibition against slaves learning to read or write meant that the actual number of songs is unknown. Some of the best-known spirituals include "Every Time I Feel the Spirit," "Go Down Moses," "He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand," "Let Us Break Bread Together," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," "Steal Away," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," and "Wade in the Water."