Boys Choir of Harlem Why is "Amazing Grace" the most-performed hymn in the English language? In this DVD, Bill Moyers seeks to understand the enduring power that has carried this song across continents and through time- and the compelling story of the slaver-turned-preacher who wrote it. This disc includes the full-length program Amazing Grace as well as a special video introduction by Mr. Moyers and a menu of chapters, ten segments derived from the program that spotlight the history of the hymn and some of its notable singers as they reflect on what "Amazing Grace" means to them. Country singer Johnny Cash, opera singer Jessye Norman, folksingers Judy Collins and Jean Ritchie, gospel singer Marion Williams, shape-note singers from Georgia and Alabama, and the Boys Choir of Harlem are featured.
Boys Choir of Harlem O Holy Night, which has the lyrics of five carols, including "Silent Night" and "O, Come All Ye Faithful," comes with a CD featuring the Boys' Choir of Harlem singing traditional and soulful versions of the songs. Illustrator Ringgold's paintings, set against backgrounds of sky blue and ruby red and decorated with touches of gold, feature an African American Holy Family who are visited by dark-skinned wise men and shepherds, and angels of all races and colors. The folk-art style imbues the characters with a humanity that brings them close to readers. This is especially true of the playful baby Jesus, whose godliness is also addressed as he cavorts with cherubs and angels.
Boys Choir of Harlem by Walter Turnbull, Howard Manly, Laurie Abkemeier (Editor).
The founder and director of the Boys Choir of Harlem traces his life from his impoverished childhood in Mississippi to his creation of his world-famous choir, and shares the methods behind his enormous success with black youth.