I’m a Man
Early plantation music often consisted of stomps, hand claps and repeated vocal lines and I read about a group of singers from Africa called Gullah singers who would sing in a circle, echoing and answering. The notion of a man singing in the morning on a porch with his broom was a vision of these influences and informed the song, I’m a Man, which is in the voice of an enslaved African on a plantation, lamenting that no matter what is done to him, they can’t take way his dignity.
Perspective is one of our best allies in all relationships, and a historical one, can inform our reactions to the present. The more we learn the more we can understand each other’s perspectives