Food for Thought: The Soundtrack of Civil Rights

In partnership with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Vanderbilt University, we presented a two-part Food for Thought series entitled The Soundtrack of Civil Rights.  Panel discussions explored how music has played a vital role in The Civil Rights Movement from spirituals to popular music.  The series included Vanderbilt professors, Nashville community leaders, Civil Rights activists and local artists.

Part I: The Soundtrack of Civil Rights: Music of the Movement

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On April 21st we presented Part I entitled The Soundtrack of Civil Rights: Music of the Movement with a panel discussion about how music played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement. The panel moderated by Dr. Dennis Dickerson, included special guests Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton, Dr. Gloria McKissack, who participated in the Nashville sit-ins, and Eric Dozier, founder of the Young People’s Freedom Song Initiative. Jazz artist Connye Florance performed music heard throughout the Civil Rights Movement.

Part II: The Soundtrack of Civil Rights: Music Today’s Movements

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On May 20th we presented Part II entitled The Soundtrack of Civil Rights: Music Today’s Movements  with a panel discussion about recent civil rights movements and the characteristics of the music that is created and utilized within them. The panel included special guests Leader of No Starving Artist, Stephanie Pruitt, Dr. Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting of Vanderbilt University, Rashad “thaPoet” Rayford and spoken word artist The BlackSon Rising.

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