Eric Jackson on "The Power of Black Music: From the Underground Railroad through the Civil Rights Movement"

6:00 PM Wed, Jul 31, 2013

Venue: Museum of African American History

46 Joy St., Boston, MA 02114


Cara Liasson


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WGBH Radio Host Eric Jackson will trace the roots and the significant role of black music in movements of organized resistance. From the Abolitionist Movement through the Civil War and Civil Rights to present day melodies, music was and continues to be the soundtrack and inspiration for incredible campaigns for freedom and justice. Jackson will provide insights into spirituals, blues, gospel, jazz, R&B and rap. He will play a sampling of tunes, tracing interesting lineages, exploring lyrics that reflect the times, phrasing that carries the music, and messaging that has been delivered in song for nearly two centuries. Boston Magazine called Jackson "the dean of the Boston jazz scene for 25 years." He was the recipient of the 2012 Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award, JazzWeek's prestigious lifetime achievement award named for the late jazz radio promoter, broadcasting pioneer, and mentor to many, including Jackson himself. Eric in the Evening is Boston's signature jazz program, featuring the best in jazz, in-depth looks at great artists, live interviews, and live performances from Scullers Jazz Club, airing Friday - Sunday from 9pm to midnight. General admission: $5.00

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