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The Call and Response of Community Lament

Call and Response is the voiced invitation for nearby hearers to join in chants, hymns, alerts, or protest. The caller is the one whose voice initiates the outcry. The response is the many voices who follow suit with the same or similar expression. The cry announces a new message in the surrounding environment, and the response of many voices agrees with the caller. Call and response is in the resonance of my voice. I grew up singing in the choir of an African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday mornings. As the cheerleading captain, I yelled loudly on the sidelines of Finklea Robinson Field for Americus High School football on Friday nights. I “called the cheer” to capture the…
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