Book celebrates connection between Black history and Gospel music
by MCJ Staff
As we celebrate and recognize the contributions of African Americans, we must also honor the rhythm and harmonious spirit of Gospel music, which has been a dynamic force and strong component to Black history and the Black experience.
Michele Wood and Toyomi Igus take readers on an exploration of Gospel music and African American history in their book “I See the Rhythm of Gospel.”
From our arrival to America on slave ships to the election of our first Black president, “I see the Rhythm of Gospel” chronicles Black History in an informative and inspirational blend of poetry, art and music, detailing the history of Gospel music and its connection to American history.
Wood and Igus not only discuss American history, but also the history of Gospel music. From old Negro spirituals to gospel quartets to gospel rap, “I See the Rhythm of Gospel” takes readers on a captivating journey through the evolution of gospel music.
A common theme and lesson to be taken away from the book is one of strength and resilience.
Said Wood: “I want readers to read ‘I see the Rhythm of Gospel’ and be proud of our history; our spiritual history and the strength that we have shown through the decades.”
Wood illustrates colorful and vibrant depictions of each generation of gospel music as Igus rhythmically and melodically writes the story in a poetic fashion. The words and pictures work together to move the reader through time, celebrating creativity and spirituality, Igus said.
Also included with the book is a 5-song CD. Each song represents a different era of gospel music.