Two women from vastly different backgrounds are united through song in Black Pearl Sings! by Frank Higgins. A search for lost African-American folk music leads Susannah, an ambitious "song collector" for the Library of Congress, to Pearl, a woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit and an incredible history. After meeting Pearl in a Texas jail, Susannah is convinced Pearl may know a song rare enough to earn her a teaching job at Harvard, a post denied to her thus far because of her gender. Pearl has dreams of her own, and hopes her songs will be her ticket out of jail for a reunion with her long-lost daughter. Featuring many beloved American folk songs and spirituals - like "This Little Light of Mine," "Troubles So Hard," "Kum Ba Yah" and "Pay Me My Money Down" - the legacy of the past clashes with their hopes for the future, as they journey to find their way out of the shadows and into the spotlight.