National Women's History Month Festival | Lecture on the Civil Right Movement
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National Women’s History Month Festival that begins on March 3 and the festival will continue until the 18th – 5 unique and distinct events celebrating the artistry of women and the legacy of pioneering women.
On Saturday, March 17, Dr. Tammy Kernodle will give a lecture on women of the Civil Rights Movement at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. MORE INFO HERE
Choose 3:00pm, 5:00pm or 7:00pm Lecture; Prelecture tour of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House at 2:00, 4:00 or 6:00
"Tryin' Times: Black Women, Soul, and Narratives of Resistance in the Age of Black Power"Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, and Roberta Flack emerged in the late 1960s as voices that used musical performances to mediated audiences through one of America’s most chaotic and violent periods. Songs such as Aretha Franklin’s covers of
“Respect” and “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” as well as The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” served as the intermediary between the warring political ideologies of nonviolence, Black Nationalism and black militancy. They also channeled the pain generated by the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the destruction of urban cities through racial uprisings as well as the violence associated with the Anti-war Movement (e.g. Kent State, Jackson State). Music scholarship from this period has privileged the voices of black male musicians, most notably James Brown and Sly Stone, as examples of how these events shaped the lyrical context of late sixties/early seventies black popular music. This presentation argues that the privileging of black male musicians has narrowed our sonic awareness of how blackness and the themes of resistance and transcendence were framed in popular music during this period. Brown and Stone situated their expressions of sonic blackness in the genre of funk, which was scripted as “masculine,” “transgressive” and “black.” However, Simone, Franklin, Flack and Staples advanced a different type of sonic blackness that was a synthesis of black sacred music, jazz and blues. It too was transgressive in sound and at times antithetical to
Says MUSE President Amy Arnold: “For 35 years MUSE has been a front-runner in giving voice to women – strength to women and celebrating the enduring spirit of women – never have we had the opportunity to celebrate Women’s History Month in Cincinnati to this extent”. “MUSE is thrilled to have this opportunity and we are looking forward to this celebration!”