black music


A Change Is Gonna Come: How Black Music Powered the Civil Rights Movement (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

From 1940 to 1970, gospel, jazz, blues, and soul music underscored the Civil Rights Movement. Artists, activists, and radio DJs came together to write, perform, and promote music that reflected—and shaped—the events of the time and the ongoing fight for freedom. Music became a political weapon and unifying force, delivering […]


‘The Roots of Black Music in America’ Presented by Karlus Trapp (Enoch Pratt Free Library) – VIRTUAL

Tuesday Tunes: The Roots of Black Music in America presented by Karlus Trapp In honor of Black Music Month, Karlus Trapp presents “The Roots of Black Music in America,” a delightful, educational, and entertaining program.  It is a 100 year journey back through time to hear, experience anew, and learn […]


Respect Her Crank!: Creating Sounds of Blackness (Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum) – VIRTUAL

Black music is always created in community. This month, Girls Rock! DC will be our special guest instructor. Inspired by the long history of Black American music, participants will use Soundtrap to create their very own songs. Register here! No prior experience is needed. ASL translation will be provided for this program. If […]


⭐ The Art of Sampling: Sylvia Robinson Produced a New Wave (Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum) – VIRTUAL

From WondaGurl to Ebonie Smith, Black women have produced award-winning pop hits. Yet they are not always household names like some of their counterparts. In Respect Her Crank!: Producing Sounds of Blackness, this changes. Award-winning producer J’Nae White facilitates multiple workshops designed to teach the art of music production, as inspired by Black women […]