LaGrange College professor Toni Anderson recently published a book about the history of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a black musical ensemble comprised of Fisk University students in post-Civil War America.
Anderson's book, published by the Mercer University Press, is entitled "'Tell Them We Are Singing for Jesus': The Original Fisk Jubilee Singers and Christian Reconstruction, 1871-1878."
According to a press release issued by Mercer, the book "explores the Christian missionary ideals and convictions that spawned the Fisk Jubilee Singers during the 1870s and guided the ensemble throughout its impressive U.S. and European travels."
The musical group was sponsored by the American Missionary Association, which was the parent organization of Fisk University. AMA leaders considered the singers "as divinely appointed fellow laborers in attaining the lofty goals of Christian Reconstruction" according to the press release.
Anderson, who chairs the LaGrange College music department, holds a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University and a master's degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory. Her book was released in March.