About Us

The Spirituals Project is an award-winning secular, non-profit organization established in 1998, with administrative offices on the campus of the University of Denver. Our mission is the preservation and revitalization of the music and teachings (including especially the social justice teachings) of the songs commonly known as “spirituals,” created and first sung by enslaved African women and men in America in the 18th and 19th centuries.

We operate a number of community-based programs involving research, education, activism and performance, including regular performances by therenowned multi-ethnic, multi-generational Choir of The Spirituals Project. We also maintain a popular online educational resource, Sweet Chariot: The Story of the Spirituals, that provides information and guides for further study about the multifaceted history and cultural impact of the spirituals tradition.