Mark Jenkins’ snarky reference to the Fisk Jubilee Singers in his review of the film Neil Young: Heart of Gold (“To keep things from being as white as prairie snow, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers add a few ‘oooh’s”) is insulting (Short Subjects, 2/17). Yes, the Jubilee singers are black, but they’re also renowned vocal artists who travel the world. The original Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the public 135 years ago and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. In the Neil Young film, they remain true to their roots, backing him up only on songs about faith, religion, and reflections on G-d.

Cleveland Park