A Way Forward: Negro Spirituals Speak to America is presented by the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation.
About the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation
The “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation is a Central Florida nonprofit established in 1996.
The network of programs and services through which it impacts the public is known as Project GRADY-RAYAM. The agency’s threefold mission is to preserve America’s Negro spiritual songs from the slave era as part of our cultural heritage, provide training, development and scholastic assistance grants for young artists, and inspire the American public to embrace spirituals as a shared cultural legacy.
Over a span of 20 years the organization has worked directly with more than 50,000 clients including senior high school students, collegians, parents, educators and music professionals. It collaborates with churches, performing arts groups, and cultural or civic organizations to extend the rich legacy of the Negro spiritual through outreach in the form of workshops, lectures and recitals. The agency produces an annual season of music concerts that stimulate and inspire the wider community. It commissions scholars and musicians to produce new works, hires professional singers and players in support of the American cultural community, and shares its resources and expertise with others nationwide.
Art is a reflection of human culture, and the assurance of its continuance. The “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation (“NS”SF) uses art, most especially the medium of music, to communicate a message that moves audiences while sharpening their sensibilities. We believe the meanings and messages found in the treasury of Negro spiritual songs can inspire societies to be better, and to do better.
Negro spiritual songs from the slave era are one part of America’s sacred and civic musical tradition. NSSF’s Spirituals On Tour outreach programs use enlightening narration and exceptional music performance based in Negro spiritual songs to educate, inform and entertain groups of all kinds.