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Ballads of Black America

Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries
Ballads of Black America

Joined by Pete Seeger on banjo and Jeanne Humphries on bass, Reverend F. D. Kirkpatrick pays tribute to historic black heroes through song.

This recording project was inspired by a performance Kirkpatrick gave at an elementary school book fair in Brooklyn, New York, in 1969. Frustrated by the lack of books and music to teach children about the contributions African Americans made to the U.S.A. and the world, he decided to write and record a series of songs extolling the achievements of great black leaders. The liner notes feature biographies of all those honored, including Martin Luther King Jr., Paul Robeson, and Harriet Tubman.

In 1978, Kirkpatrick recorded a second album for Folkways Records, F.D. Kirkpatrick Hosts the Louisiana Folk Fest (FW03843).

Track Listing

101
The Deacons Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries 5:44
102
Harriet Tubman Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries 2:51
103
Benjamin Banneker Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries 2:42
104
Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries 3:45
201
Sojourner Truth Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries 3:59
202
Leroy "Satchel" Paige Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries 3:27
203
Martin Luther King Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries 1:59
204
Paul Robeson Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries 3:15

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