In addition to featuring spirituals, African folk songs, and songs about liberation from oppression, the concert program also consisted of music by Black composers. More specifically, it featured classical music by Samuel Coleridge Taylor (1875-1912), Margaret Bonds (1913-1972), and Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941). Their pieces chosen for the program applied modern, virtuosic arrangements of African American songs and spirituals: from the piano arrangement of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” by Taylor, to the “Theme and Variations” approach to “Wade in the Water” via Troubled Water by Bonds. The program also contained Margaret Bonds’ musical settings of poetry by Langston Hughes and a fragment from the Adolphus Hailstork song cycle Songs of Love and Justice (1992). That specific piece shares some similarities with his Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, in that Hailstork uses written texts and speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Of the four songs in Songs of Love and Justice, the performers chose the third song (“Decisions”) for its relevance in the 2020s and overall message of encouragement for a better future… if people are willing to make the right choices in life to establish the path to peace.