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Freedom Trilogy performed by Van Gilmer

PRESENTED BY Van Gilmer | Jun 26, 2020

For so long, everyone who has experienced the feeling of being in bondage has longed for their own Freedom. So it was for many, many men and women who were stolen from Africa centuries ago to become slaves here in America. As music became a safe way to worship God and also express hope for ending slavery in America, the Negro Spiritual was born. They expressed Joy and Hope during a time when practically all Black people were in bondage!

Three Negro Spirituals were combined into what is now called The Freedom Trilogy that expresses so vividly this hope for Freedom.

Though it is still hard to believe, the Black people of Texas were not told that they were now free and were not so call “freed” until June Nineteenth of 1865.  It is now called Juneteenth or Freedom Day, and is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy.

After over 150 years have passed, I still sing the Freedom Trilogy as it still so vividly expresses our longing for Freedom in our lives that one day we all will be truly free.

Tags: Music , Race

Van Gilmer, renowned soloist, composer, and director, is a native of Greensboro North Carolina, and graduated from NC Agricultural & Technical State University with a BS in Architectural Engineering. During that early period, he was also directly involved in the sit-ins of the 1960’s to...



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  • Mysti Duncan
    May 24, 2019
    Mr Gilmore, that was truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
  • Ronald White
    Feb 24, 2019
    Nice videos that keeps me close to the Divine teachings during this lesser peace series of human events! It’s would be nice if some one can explain this! Thank you! Allah u Abha!
  • Joan Hayes
    Sep 3, 2018
    Thank you, Van, for your courage, your integrity, your heart, and your ability to share your well-trained, God-given voice with us all!
  • Dennis McGregor
    Jun 20, 2018
    Thank you Mr. Gilmer!
  • Patricia Verge
    Jun 20, 2018
    Powerful and so moving. Thank you!!
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