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    Friends of Negro Spirituals is a Bay Area group whose goals are the preservation of the Negro Spirituals. Our educational forums provide educational
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 7, 2005
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      Friends of Negro Spirituals is a Bay Area group whose goals are the
      preservation of the Negro Spirituals.

      Our educational forums provide educational information and community
      singing to the attendees.

      On Sunday, November 13, 2005, 2: 30 PM - 4:30 PM, Friends of Negro
      Spirituals and the San Francisco Public Library/African-American
      Center will present an account of the compelling American slavery
      inspired Underground Railroad story in a program called Amazing
      Journeys: Following the North Star on The Underground Railroad.

      The program will feature historian and professional musician
      Vulindlela Wobogo and the courageous Underground Railroad conductor,
      Harriet Tubman, portrayed by noted performance artist and
      professional storyteller Mary J. Kelly.

      With old Spirituals and striking visual aids, the presenters will
      discuss and engage the audience in experiences of slaves seeking
      freedom, underground conductors and daring people and homes known as
      The Underground Railroad's stations.

      The free event will take place in the Koret Auditorium [Lower level]
      of The San Francisco Main, Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco,
      CA (Civic Center BART).

      Wobogo is a former Professor of African-American Music and History at
      San Francisco State University and an author and Mary J. Kelly, a
      published playwright and a highly qualified Theatre Arts and
      Communication Consultant.

      Students of all grades and the general public are invited to be a
      part of this FREE event.

      The historic Underground Railroad, consisting of an estimated 3200
      largely "undercover workers," guided an unknown number of Black
      slaves escaping to The Promised Land. Spirituals and "The Friend of
      a friend" were among the secret passwords used in communications
      among the workers to prevent detection by protectors of slavery. The
      Underground Railroad included free Blacks, former slaves such as
      Harriet Tubman, and whites who were living in slave and "free" states
      and Canada. Workers were known to each other as "conductors"
      or "stationmasters" or "pilots," each providing a specialized form of
      aid to fleeing slaves or "passengers."

      The activities of The Underground Railroad were scary, dangerous, and
      a major crime that carried stiff penalties. Detection was forever
      possible, considering that paid spies, professional slave catchers,
      sheriffs, and slave owners, were always on the alert
      for and in hot pursuit of the runaways. Yet The Underground Railroad
      gave thousands of slaves safe passage to freedom.

      Join us to learn about one of America's most daring stories-The
      Underground Railroad.

      For more information, call Sam Edwards at (415) 563 4316 or Stewart
      Shaw, Librarian, African American Center, at (415) 557 4518
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