The Spirituals and the Blues // James H. Cone.
Easily one of the most beautiful theological works that analyzes the black spirit in and through the spirituals and the blues. These musical outlets are more than ascetic get-aways under oppressive regimes, rather they embody the rhythmic sways and suaves of black hope and grit. Grounded in real history, the spirituals and the blues expose, reject, and recapitulate supremacists’ definition of black nothingness/nobodiness into black somebodiness. For blacks, music is their authoritative medium for reshaping their narrative towards a redemptive and majestic eschatological hope: “My Lord! Po’ mourner’s got a home at las’. Mourner’s got a home at las’.”