In the Jewish calendar, the saddest day of the year is called Tisha b’Av, which begins the evening of Wednesday, 7/29.
This is a time when we remember all of the sorrow that has befallen the Jewish people throughout history, as we chant the Book of Lamentations. In commemoration of this time, we convene a conversation that speaks about loss and lament in the African-American community, as well.
We will speak about the influence of spirituals, blues, gospel, and chant on the soul which help us cope in difficult and broken times.
In conversation with Dr. Gloria Quinlan (Professor of Music, Huston-Tillotson University); Dr. Awa Jangha (Professor of Spiritual Integration in Counseling, Seminary of the Southwest); and Jacqui Cross Williams (renowned singer, actor, and entertainer).