‘Amen’ (‘See the baby’)

‘Amen’ (‘See the baby’). Broadus Henry Hogan (1888–1953) and Laura B. Davis (1909 – ); adapted and arranged by Jester Joseph Hairston* (1901–2000).  The well-known African American song ‘Amen’ began appearing in hymnals in the 1970s, designated most often as an African American spiritual*. Closer analysis reveals that the song’s roots, while influenced by the spiritual tradition, are in Black gospel compositions beginning in the 1930s.  Wings over Jordan Choir  The Wings Over Jordan (WOJ) Choir, a prominent African American gospel ensemble formed in 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio, was one of the earliest full-time professional Black choirs in the United States (Black Jubilee choirs such as the...

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