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Celebrating Black History Month #2

The Spiritual "Let Us Break Bread Together" probably began as a gathering song ("Let Us Praise God Together on Our Knees") among Virginia slaves. It would have been sung as a coded announcement or convening of a secret meeting to be held when the law prohibited the use of a drum for such purposes. It became a Communion hymn following the Civil War with the addition of the bread and wine stanzas. (Carlton Young, Companion to The United Methodist Hymnal, p.463)