“A Long Way from Home”
The topic of this paper is taken from a well-known African American spiritual, sung by Louis Armstrong and many others: “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, a long way from home.” This hymn expresses deep feelings of loneliness and estrangement. Two kinds of great distance, one spiritual and the other physical, are implicated: the singer is far away from God’s home and far also from his home and relatives in Africa. In addition, slavery adds strongly to the feeling of estrangement.
KeywordsLocal Church Dwelling Place Training Place Deep Feeling Lamentable State
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