Afternoon Song – Sinner
African-American sacred music scholar Bernice Johnson Reagon asserts that, within that tradition, (paraphrasing) there is no “I” without a “we”.
In other words, any individual experience—whether of grace or sin, conversion or fall, redemption or bondage—presupposes the existence of a community to which it’s connected.
Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens have lived within and sung out of that tradition their whole lives. The confessions of the “Sinner” are also the confessions of the community…as well as being a prerequisite for turning around, onto the path of righteousness.