What connections and traditions could help people cope with being forcibly transported from one continent to another? The literary and artistic forms of spirituals and poetry both connected communities socially and artistically during slavery, but also continue to enrich the multicultural fabric of our state today through the work of contemporary African-American poets, musicians and artists. Award-winning poet, performer, and distinguished scholar Gloria Burgess explores the rich, beautiful heritage of spirituals and poetry from the African American tradition in a spirited sojourn through words and music. This interactive presentation covers the sometimes hidden meanings of specific spirituals and poems, including how art helped people cope as they were transported from their homelands. Made possible by a Lift Every Voice grant.