Lecture on African American spirituals to be part of “Discover Auburn” series

AUBURN – Rosephanye Dunn Powell, a professor in Auburn University’s Music Department, will discuss “The African American Spiritual: Song Creating Community” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph B. Draughon Library.

Powell will explore the religious, historical and sociological contexts of spirituals in the everyday lives of African American slaves. She will discuss how the slave community created songs as tools for worship, communication, community and personal expression.

A noted composer, researcher, interpreter and performer, Powell has presented numerous recitals and lecture-recitals on the African American spiritual. Her arrangements of spirituals are performed internationally at choral festivals and have been conducted by some of the nation’s most renowned choral directors.

Powell is an associate professor of voice and coordinator of voice studies in the Music Department of AU’s College of Liberal Arts.

This lecture is part of the spring semester’s “Discover Auburn” series, sponsored by the AU Libraries, the Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, and the AU Bookstore. For more information, call (334) 844-1732.

(Contributed by Mark Wilson.)

Contact: Mark Wilson, 334/844-4948 (wilsom3@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, 334/844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)