As a professional speaker, recording artist and honored to receive the title of ambassador to the African American Spirituals as a National Treasure. Calvin Earl rose to national prominence in 2007 when he secured legislation in the US Congress that would honor the slaves for their contributions to our nation "with our deepest gratitude and respect", and formally recognized the African American Spiritual as a National Treasure. In 2008, Calvin was honored to receive a Presidential Proclamation from President George W. Bush 'Celebrating the extraordinary talents and creativity of African-American singers, musicians and composers whose achievements have enriched our culture and enhanced our lives.' Calvin Earl's heart-felt style and tremendous passion for presenting a larger vision of the African American Spiritual is delivered in a vivid portrayal of the spirituals in his one-man show "Gifts From My Ancestors" performed in universities, schools, concert halls, churches & community centers across America. His high energy message of hope, love and courage illuminates the historical significance of the spirituals past, as well as equally placing focus and insight on their value in our lives today. Considered a musical prodigy at the age of 9, Calvin's frequent performances on local radio stations in Virginia and in his home state of North Carolina, expanded his popularity and led to his being spotted by the legendary Mahalia Jackson. He performed with her and many other Gospel singers including James Cleveland, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar & The Caravans, Mighty Clouds of Joy, and the Dixie Hummingbirds, as a child and through out his teenage years. Currently, he continues to lecture and perform and is a major voice advocating and ensuring the legacy of the African American Spirituals and the oral history of the slaves are included in our current educational curriculum. .