On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals (Paperback)

Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals

By Nikki Giovanni

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763643805, 128pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2009



"The intimate, unpretentious talk about familiar songs will grab readers, who will want to find out more about the inspiring history." -- BOOKLIST (starred review)

Ever since she was a little girl attending three different churches, poet Nikki Giovanni has loved the spirituals. Now, with the passion of a poet and the knowledge of a historian, she paints compelling portraits of the lives of her ancestors through the words of songs such as "Go Down, Moses" and "Ain't Got Time to Die," celebrating a people who overcame enslavement and found a way to survive, to worship, and to build.

About the Author

Nikki Giovanni is the author of several books for children, most recently ROSA, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Three of her poetry collections for adults have received NAACP Image Awards. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and lives in Christiansburg, Virginia.