Black History Month program held at Nazareth

Reprinted from The Kentucky Standard
February 22, 2017
By Kacie Goode

Sister Pat Haley started the program with lyrics from a song

“‘Pray together children. Don’t you get weary. There’s a great camp meeting in the promise land.’” Haley said. “The promise land was considered freedom.”

The spiritual was an example, she said, of how songs would be changed so that they could be marched to.

“We’d march sometimes two, three, four, five, six miles,” she said. “We needed the energy to keep going.”

As Haley led the song, the Columba Room of Nazareth erupted in harmony as guests joined in singing and clapping along.

It was a meaningful start to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth African American History Month program, which focused heavily on the slave families of Nazareth.

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