At this point a woman leaped from her seat and dashed to the piano, sat down and began a rhythmic pounding of the keys. Several other people stood up, put their arms in the air and danced toward the open space in front of the church. Brother Sanderford and his wife were at the front of the dancers and were shouting “Hallelujah” and “Praise God.” This shouting went on for a while and at first I could understand the words but soon Eileen started to make sounds that sort of sounded like talking but I couldn’t understand what was happening until Mom whispered to me that she was talking in tongues. The other members of the congregation stopped dancing and shouting and formed a circle around Eileen who kept talking in tongues louder and louder. As she “talked,” she danced while holding up one hand high in the air and with the other one she held on to her dress at the waist to keep her underwear from falling off. She would shift hands from time to time making sure that one of her hands was always holding up her underwear.
Deacon Bryant had been quiet while the rest of the congregation was dancing their way to the open space but then he continued:
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