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Journal Article

Faith Is the Key and Prayer Unlocks the Door: Prayer in African American Life

Beverly J. Robinson
The Journal of American Folklore
Vol. 110, No. 438 (Autumn, 1997), pp. 408-414
DOI: 10.2307/541666
Stable URL: http:/stable/541666
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

Prayer is a venerable expression of African American poetic tradition. It continues to be a way of keeping a community and its separated or intact families mentally and spiritually together. As a narrative form, prayer depends less on formalized training than on the depth of the individual's piety and faith experience. This discussion includes a historical overview of prayer among African Americans in the antebellum South and a consideration of its structural form and relationship to the music conventions in South Georgia.

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