From today's Freep on the first page of the "Life" section come two Civil War era stories.
One by the title of this blog entry describes a performance this coming weekend of Sing Jubilee by the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. "The play tells the remarkable story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers who, facing brutal social conditions and segregation, introduced white audiences to Negro spirituals, the religious folk songs of African-American slaves." Great story about how their singing soothed the savage beast. You may have read that Detroit high schools have an atrocious graduation rate. So you'd be delighted to know that 95% of Mosaic members graduate. Beautiful sepia-tone picture of the Singers ca.1875 with the story. Here's a link: Mosaic
Next to it was a column by Desiree Cooper, a delightful writer, entitled "Club's name is its goal for 110 years." About the Detroit Study Club, a group of African-American women who have discussed books, traded books, loved books for over a century. Limited to 45 members, by invitation only, it originated with "a group of affluent black women after the Civil War who did what other affluent women did in those days. They studied issues, literature and music." Here's a link: Cooper
Two side-by-side accounts that demonstrate the powerful outcome for good of a terrible Civil War.