Monday, February 8, 2010
Hooping And The Black Church.
I have learn through my research.... that the song quality of hooping is a legacy of long-ago African griot, or storytellers...
Rev. Nathan Dell, who teaches preaching, or homiletics, at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond. "They memorized the history of the tribe and it was their task to teach the community," Dell said. "They told the story in ways that could be remembered, in ways that would move folks' heart as well as inform their minds." Enslaved Africans brought that tradition to America, and free black pastors adapted it to preaching. "They had no formal education, but they preached in the style of their tradition which had a rhythmic quality to it and a feeling or emotional quality to it," Dell said.