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Fisk Jubilee Singers Celebrated on Stage

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Fisk Jubilee Singers Celebrated on Stage

Fisk Jubilee Singers Celebrated on Stage

Fisk Jubilee Singers Celebrated on Stage

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A photo of the Fisk Jubilee Singers in the 1870s Prints & Photographs Department, MSRC hide caption

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Prints & Photographs Department, MSRC

It's been more than a century since the Fisk University Jubilee singers started performing Negro spirituals and slave songs.

Today, the Fisk singers are still spreading the songs of enslaved Africans nationwide.

And they're celebrated in a new show called Sing Jubilee! The Story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

NPR's Tony Cox speaks with Rick Sperling — founder and CEO of the Mosaic Youth Theater in Detroit — and Sing Jubilee! playwright Oyamo.