Using the music of Negro Spirituals to remind you of your options in life and choices you can make in your current situations.
The music of African Slaves was a tool of communication and expression of emotions that helped a people cope with adverse situations. Today the music can continue to be a tool to validate emotions and guidance to choose the next phase of our lives. However, we have to choose daily the actions we take.
This program will guide the experience of reminding us that even if we do not actively choose an action, we have made a choice, albeit a passive choice. Being reminded of the option of taking an active role in life improves self-control and life's outcome.
The music of slaves, called Negro Spirituals, continues to be a useful tool in today's environment to empower us to make decisions about our lives and have options to influence the outcome.
Your guide through the process is Gwendolyn Smith, a retired Clinical Social Worker who is aware that some tools that worked in the past can help in our current situation.
So, no need to re-invent the wheel but allow the music of slaves to benefit us today and understand some of the choices the slaves made in their situations.
This program is brought to you in memory of Mrs. Osceola Penix and the Rev. Frank and Etta Pearl Smith
"After the Sale: Slaves Going South from Richmond" 1853 by Eyre Crowe courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society Image ID # ICHi-52422
From the six-part PBS series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2013
The Old Plantation - Artist Attributed to John Rose, Beaufort County, South Carolina - Year possibly 1785–1795 Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA.
Choice Radio | December 27, 2013 | Focus: Final Show "Be well, do good work, and keep in touch." ~By Garrison Keillor
Choice Radio | December 20, 2013 | Focus: What I have learned / Christmas Spirituals "Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight ‘till it be marrow." ~William Shakespeare
Choice Radio | December 13, 2013 | Focus: Show Review "Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love." ~George Eliot
Choice Radio | December 6, 2013 | Focus: Sibling thoughts "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." ~Dr. Seuss
Choice Radio | July 26, 2013 | Focus: Friendship - "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." ~Henry Ford
Choice Radio | July 19, 2013 | Focus: Know your reality - "If you're going through hell, keep going." ~ Winston Churchill
Choice Radio | July 12, 2013 | Focus: Revolts. - "To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice." ~Confucius
Choice Radio | July 5, 2013 | Focus: Freedom. - "Freedom lies in being bold." ~ Robert Frost
Choice Radio | June 28, 2013 | Focus: When life gives you lemons. - "You have what it takes to be the master of your own destiny." ~by Suze Orman
Choice Radio | June 21, 2013 | Focus: Emotional issues - “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~Helen Kellen
Choice Radio | June 14, 2013 | Focus: Fathers - “A Father teaches wisdom, so you will run in the right direction” ~ Proverb
Choice Radio | June 7, 2013 | Focus: The Black National Anthem - “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it” ~ Thomas Fuller
Choice Radio | May 31, 2013 | Focus: Negro Spirituals, a National Treasure - "To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable." ~Aaron Copland
Choice Radio | May 24, 2013 | Focus: Knowing your history helps current living - "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." ~Marcus Garvey
Choice Radio | May 17, 2013 | Focus: Life goes on - "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on." ~ Robert Frost
Choice Radio | May 10, 2013 | Focus: Sojourner Truth a Mother "Truth burns up error." by Sojourner Truth
Choice Radio | May 3, 2013 | "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine." ~Lord Byron
Choice Radio | April 26, 2013 | Focus: Listen to your inner voice - "When you clear the clutter of your mind, your ability to see, hear, feel, and know will expand." ~Joshua Zuchter
Choice Radio | April 19, 2013 | How will you use your 24 hours? - "We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch." ~John F. Kennedy
Choice Radio | April 12, 2013 | Negro Spirituals from around the world - "We can’t always choose the music life plays for us but we can choose how we dance to it."
Choice Radio | April 5, 2013 | Aundrey Wilkins gives an overview of her experience in school integration. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings
Choice Radio | March 29, 2013 | “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
Choice Radio | March 22, 2013 |"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo; Guests – Judith Pinkerton, music therapist and President of Music4life, with G. Eric Miles, and Idris Hester; Focus: The benefits of music
Choice Radio | March 15, 2013 | "You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one." Focus: Who am I?
Choice Radio | March 8, 2013 | "The unexamined life is not worth living." by Socrates - Topic: Self-assessment
Choice Radio | March 1, 2013 | "No use singin’ spirituals to a dead mule." From the book: A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore by Harold Courlander - Song: Ezekiel Saw The Wheel - Discussion: Goal setting tips
Choice Radio | Feb 22, 2013 | "What is the quality of your intent?" Thurgood Marshall - Life of Rev. Franks Smith, Life of Charles Houston, Life of Thurgood Marshall
Choice Radio | Feb 15, 2013 | "Where there is love, there is life." Mahatma Gandhi - Controversy of history, Joseph Antoine, Sojourner Truth, Madison Washington.
Choice Radio | Feb 8, 2013 | "Failing doesn’t mean you are a failure; it means you haven’t succeeded yet." by Dr. Robert Schuller
Choice Radio | Feb 1, 2013 | "Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don't talk back." by W. K. Hope
Choice Radio | Jan 25, 2013 | "It is your thoughts, actions, and intentions that will determine the outcome of your life." by Suze Orman
Choice Radio | Jan 18, 2013 | "Over a long rough & rugged road, the big potato will come to the top & the little potato will go to the bottom."
Choice Radio | Jan 11, 2013 | "Those who say it can't be done are interrupted by those doing it."
Choice Radio | Jan 4, 2013 | "What you focus on enlarges."
Choice Radio | November 29, 2013 | Focus: Trials and Thanks "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." ~Chinese proverb
Choice Radio | November 22, 2013 | Focus: Requests/Thanks "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Choice Radio | November 15, 2013 | Focus: Grateful "Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did." ~Sarah Caldwell
Choice Radio | November 8, 2013 | Focus: Appreciation "Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.." ~G.B. Stern
Choice Radio | November 1, 2013 | Focus: Thank you "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~William Arthur Ward
Choice Radio | October 25, 2013 | Focus: Make a Difference Day "In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us." ~Flora Edwards
Choice Radio | October 18, 2013 | Focus: Who are you? "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." ~Oscar Wilde
Choice Radio | October 11, 2013 | Focus: A push button away "You push the button, we do the rest." ~George Eastman
Choice Radio | October 4, 2013 | Focus: Breast Cancer "Trust yourself more than you trust others." ~Suze Orman
Choice Radio | September 27, 2013 | Focus: Benefits of Music "Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." ~Ludwig van Beethoven
Choice Radio | September 20, 2013 | Focus: What to do with you! "Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on." ~Henry Rollins
Choice Radio | September 13, 2013 | Focus: Back to Basics "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." ~Robert Fulghum
Choice Radio | September 6, 2013 | Focus: Humor "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter." ~Mark Twain
Choice Radio | August 30, 2013 | Focus: Isn’t life interesting "Life is like an onion; you peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep." ~Carl Sandburg
Choice Radio | August 23, 2013 | Focus: A redo "It’s never too late to be what you might have been." ~George Elliot
Choice Radio | August 16, 2013 | Focus: Out of Control "Your thoughts, your words, and your actions must be one." ~Suze Orman
Choice Radio | August 9, 2013 | Focus: The value of being different - "Share our similarities, celebrate our differences." ~M. Scott Peck
Choice Radio | August 2, 2013 | Focus: Gratitude - "God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say Thank You?" ~William Arthur Ward
Charles T. Webber's 1893 painting "Fleeing for Freedom" shows American slaves on a snowy landscape during a pre-Civil War escape to Canada via Underground Railroad.
Henry Bibb, Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bibb, an American slave (New York, 1849), facing p 23
"Negro Life at the South" by Eastman Johnson was exhibited in early 1859 and launched Johnson's art career. Johnson captured the scene behind his father's house, just 3 blocks east of the White House in Washington, DC. Johnson's image of a divided society mirrored Lincoln's recent "House Divided" speech.