Subject Area

Music, Religion, Theology/Religious Education


In 2020, the United States experienced a global pandemic and the murder of Mr. George Floyd. With the murder of Floyd, many churches were confronted with the racial divide in the United States. This thesis is a response of one community, the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Plano, Texas. Using the folk song of Black Americans, namely the Negro Spirituals, as the foundation of an ethical-theological framework, this thesis poses one way for addressing the anti-Black structure prevalent in the Catholic Church in the United States of America. This work progresses from despair to hope, addressing the link between the institution of Slavery and the Negro Spirituals, providing an overview of Catholic documents on racism and reconciliation, and illustrating a theology of accompaniment championed by Pope Francis, to provide strategies on addressing the racial divide.

Degree Date

Spring 5-11-2024

Document Type


Degree Name



Pastoral Music


Dr. C. Michael Hawn

Second Advisor

Dr. Theodore Walker

Third Advisor

Annette Nevins

Number of Pages




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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License