My Soul/African American Spirituals : Embracing the Journey (June 2013)Hardcover only  

My Soul/African American Spirituals: Embracing the Journey is a family-oriented book which honors the legacy of spirituals and symbolizes struggle, perseverance, strength, faith, hope, and freedom.  Learn more

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Author's Notes

Bringing Stories to Life

As an author, one of my many privileges is bringing stories to life.  My ultimate objective is to create a reading experience that kids and families will enjoy.  Some elements that I use in creating and presenting stories include:


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"My two sons were mesmerized listening to Helen Kimbrough sing renditions of the songs she includes in her presentation of My Soul/African American Spirituals:  Embracing the Journey.  After learning more about the history behind these spirituals, they were anxious to go to church to hear more of them." 

Nichelle Nicholes Levy, Esq. | Digital Counsel, Legal | NASCAR Digital Media

My Soul/African American Spirituals: Embracing the Journey is a captivating literary work of art that accompanies the reader on a journey of reflection, introspection and self-discovery. The reader and the narrative become one as they hajj through the spiritual ascension of those that have paved the way. My Soul brought tears to my eyes that washed my soul and I cannot encourage enough people to secure this piece in their repertoire. It is not a book, it truly is an experience. It is my sincerest belief that the author’s desire was not only to connect with the soul of her readers, but it was also her desire to connect her readers with the souls of our ancestors…BRAVA!!!

Nikki Fleming | President of the South Charlotte Chapter of Jack & Jill and March of Dimes National Ambassador

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture was pleased to celebrate the launch of Helen Kimbrough’s third book, My Soul/African-American Spirituals: Embracing the Journey.  This book wonderfully honors our heritage through the presentation of these time-respected spirituals which have served as the backdrop in the lives of generations of African-Americans.  The illustrations by J. Stacy Utley are masterful and serve as a perfect compliment.     

Tiffany Legington Graham | Director of Advancement |  Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture at Levine Center for the Arts

Ms. Kimbrough’s book is timely and desperately needed for this generation of children who may understand the power, significance, and beauty that the Negro spiritual provided for several generations which help shape the United States of America they live in today.

Kama Pierce | Assistant Dean of Academics & Assistant Professor of Law at Charlotte School of Law