Music Education

Motherless Child

Standard du Spiritual / Gospel, passĂ© ensuite dans le rĂ©pertoire Folk puis Jazz, (Sometimes I feel like a) Motherless Child est un classique qui suit toutes les luttes d’Ă©mancipation des noirs amĂ©ricains, depuis l’esclavage aux combats contemporains.

Symboles d’une douleur profonde, ses paroles simples marquent tant l’absence que la douleur d’ĂȘtre loin, en particulier du monde idĂ©al attendu.

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,
A long way from home

Ci-dessous une sĂ©lection d’interprĂ©tations diverses au fil des Ă©poques.

Bessie Griffin
Mahalia Jackson
Richie Havens
Harmonizing Four
Louis Armstrong
Herbie Mann
Wynton Marsalis
Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan
Charlie Haden & Hank Jones

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, also Motherless Child, is a traditional Negro spiritual. It dates back to the era of slavery in the United States. An early performance of the song dates back to the 1870s by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Commonly heard during the Civil rights movement in the United States, it has many variations and has been recorded widely.


Ne pas confondre ce titre avec un Blues du mĂȘme nom, qui existe en 2 versions aux paroles diffĂ©rentes, dont l’une a Ă©tĂ© reprise en particulier par Eric Clapton.


Forgotten Photos of Black People

Black people and people of color were photographed in the 19th and 20th centuries, but many of these pictures were not published and sometimes forgotten. Below are 2 examples.

On January 17, 2022, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will mark the 27th anniversary of the national day of service, established to honor his life and legacy.

Young, Black and Victorian

Some photographs of Victorian women of color that date from 1860 to 1901, unfortunately without names attached. So impossible to know who posed and the context. Remember some of these photographs were taken at a time slavery still existed in USA.

To be Black in 1950s America

Life never ran these striking images of what it was like to be black in 1950s America.

Gordon Parks hadn’t been to his hometown, Fort Scott, Kansas, in more than 20 years when he returned there in 1950 as a photojournalist on assignment for Life magazine. Growing up as the youngest of 15 children, Parks attended the Plaza School, an all-black grade school in the heavily segregated town. Now, as the first black man hired full-time by the magazine, Parks wanted to find and photograph all 11 of his classmates from grade school as a way of measuring the impact of school segregation. The photo essay he created was never published...

Via Slate

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