WBTV To Air "Song Of Soul" "Songs of the Soul," an entertaining half-hour musi cal documentary that explores Negro spiritual and the con tribution they hâve made to American music, will be pre sented Wednesday, December 13 at 8:30 on WBTV, Channel 3. Guest artist is the noted folk-singer Odetta. As she entertains a group of young children in a park, she tells us how spirituals were born, where they were sung, how they were learned by people who could neither read nor write--the early slaves in America. . WBTV cameras filmed on location in the Carolines and Georgia, several church choirs singing the earliest of spirituals. Included is a uni que sequence filmed at the only praise house (an early 19th century plantation build ing constructed for slaves to fattier and sing) still standing in America. Here the legend ary spiritual singer, Janie Hunter, and ber family, per form, "That ΟΓ Time ReBgion." Folk-singer Odette ..Guest artist Othersequences were (lim ed at a" rural cburch on St. Helena Island in South Caro lina, a remote rural area of eastern North Carolina, and at the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia, which is also the oldest Negro church in America.*" " In Pageland, South Caro lina, the camera crew visited and filmed an All-Day Singing and Dinner on the Grounds, an almost extinct religious exper ience. Some of the spirituals per formed include "Steal Away," "I Done Died Once" and two spirituals rarely beard outside of the areas where they were born, songs called "When I'm Through Working Down Here, I Got Another Building" and "My Good Lord, Show Me The Way:" Odetta performs the beauti ful spiritual, "Sometimes I feel Like a Motherless Child" and a lesser-known Christmas spiritual. She also sings, along with the children as she teach es them, "Go Children, Where I Send Thee." When Odetta was asked to appear in the film, she said, "Many Americans do not real ize that this musk is the only totally original art to come out of this country, and anything I can do to preserve the great heritage left to us by the slaves, oh, I want to do. This music is rapidly disappearing, and soon it will be gone unless we keep it alive. I'm glad for this chance to help keep it alive." "Songs of the Soul" was produced by Looms McGlo hon, who has spent many years of study in the field of American spirituals. He was assisted m tjjis _jproject through the expertisé of some" of America ' s foremost author ities, including Alan Lomax of New York City, and Dr. Roy Hicks of Tuskeegee Institute. John Burchett directed the show, which was over a year in production. Cinematogra phers John Steed and Eddie Hollifield filmed the beautiful and unique sequences on loca tion. Mercy Announces INew Visiting Hours Mercy Hoepital has announced an extension in the hours for patient visiting and for the first time is allowing children under 12 to visit on a regular basis. Effective immediately, visi tors may see patients on medi cal and surgical units anytime between 12 noon and 8:30 p.m. The former visiting hours were 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. "In addition to making ^ it easier for friends and family to visit patients in the hoepi tal," explained hoepital Presi dent Sister Mary Jerome, "we are hoping the new policy will lessen the concentration of visitor parking at peak "ours in the parking lot." Children under 12, accom panied by an adult, may visit in the hoepital dailv between 3:30-4:30 p.m. "Over the years, we have made number ous exceptions to this policy, With very positive results in patient recovery," says Sister Jerome, "so we decided to make it our standard policy." The new visiting policy has been endorsed by the hospi tal's Board of Directors and the Medical Staff representing even 400 physicians who prac tice at Mercy. New visiting hours in Media tries are 2:30-8:30 p.m., allow ing for an after-lunch "quiet time." Children under 12 may visit all nursing units, although the discretion parents and nursing staff should be used when family members are-Ίη the Intensive, Coronary, and Pro gressive Care units. If You Want To Know What's Happening In The Black Community, Read The Charlotte Post Each Week! HONDA OF CAROLINA 5050 Ε. In dep. Blvd. Charlotte 535-6320 HONDA OF GASTONIA 2620 Wilkinson Blvd. Gaston ia ToD FREE, 334-4333 A REAL Christmas Gift A HONDA Mini-Bike )COME Λ SEE SANTA CLAUS IN OUR* CHA^OTTE SHOWROOM DEC 9ft DEC. 16 AT 10 AM. No Charge For Picture· ΨΦ *9 ** ΨΦ ΨΦ ψφ S(ac6 0UltQt ôj 'tfcur *DtAtyi. Inc. Be A Barber Stylist, have job security and a good income. We can prepare you for a rewarding future. 1516 West BK/d. 372-8172 DANDY OJÎANERS| a*, λ *. — Detores DRY GLEANING <# LAUNDRY* 2700 FWCEOOM W«V€ CMAMLOTTC.N C. Plww 3N SS» 7A.M440PM My 2040 Ν GAAMAMSTfeCT CHM.OTTC.NC Ν€*Τ TO MUE SOftUG • My SAT (AM -4 SIP Μ 1307 PAMKWOOO A Vf. Nm 034-4 îM IAM SPM Mf ft* IAM4PH SAT I A.M ΊΡ M 2· Wl HONO«"XU OTHCR DRY CUANCRS COUPONS \ m man >•*■■1 — /< iNLCS

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