African American Music: The Sound of Freedom’s Journey

African American Music: The Sound of Freedom’s Journey

Using the 1619 Project’s “Episode 3: The Birth of American Music” as a launching point, this panel explores innovation in musical expressions from spirituals to jazz and contemporary music, investigating freedom as a process in motion, not as a destination.

This event supports the visit of Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project, October 29.

Event information

To read the 1619 Project, see:  (

To access the podcasts, see: (

Photo: Mary Lou Williams, New York, ca. 1946

The 1619 Project series is presented by UCI Humanities Center and is co-sponsored by: UCI Illuminations:  The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, School of Humanities, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Sciences, School of Social Ecology, UCI Libraries, Academic English, Composition Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Center on Law, Equality, and Race, Center for Medical Humanities, International Center for Writing and Translation, Literary Journalism and Center for Storytelling, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Student Affairs, Staff Assembly, AAPI Womxn in Leadership and Academic and Professional Women of UCI, and UCI Black Thriving Initiative.


To participate in The 1619 Project in 2020: Student Showcase (one minute reflection videos eligible for gift card drawings), Reflection Videos Due November 2. see

Event Details

  • When: Tuesday, October 27, 4 p.m., PDT
  • Where: Zoom Webinar - Register to Receive Link
  • Organizer: Judy Wu (email)
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