Artist-in-Residence Ruth Naomi Floyd presents an informative lecture on the historical roots and musical language of African American Spirituals. Birthed in oppression and resistance, this lecture presents an in-depth look at the lyric, composition, rhythmic pattern, and the dual spiritual and social-political message in African American Spirituals.
"Floyd's voice highlights not only her superb dynamic control, flexibility and faultless diction, but also her most important asset: an unmistakable emotional integrity that conveys her music's power.”
~ The Times London
Ruth Naomi Floyd is an Emancipatory Artist, who has focused on the arts and justice throughout her career. A vocalist and composer, Ruth leads her multi-faceted ensemble and her discography consists primarily of original compositions. Ruth performs and lectures prolifically around the world on the intersection of beauty, theology, justice, and culture. In 2019, Concordia College-New York awarded Ruth an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters for her unique and valuable contribution to the arts, her commitment to music education, and her justice work.