As diverse communities across the country prepare for Juneteenth celebrations and remembrances Saturday, June 19th, it is worth remembering the struggle for freedom is far from over.
We have lived through a year that saw a global pandemic highlight racial and health inequities that exist in America. We witnessed the death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer and the highly charged trial that followed. We looked on in horror as an angry mob attacked our nation’s Capitol Building, and we are just starting to recognize the far-reaching implications of state legislators’ efforts to curtail voting rights for millions of Americans.
The fight for freedom – all freedoms — is far from over.
With these issues top of mind, the Jazz Arts Group is proud to rebroadcast “Jazz & the Struggle for Freedom,” a concert with conversation featuring Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Byron Stripling and Michelle Alexander, legal scholar, award-winning New York Times opinion writer, and best-selling author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Timely and thought-provoking, the conversation covers issues of race, diversity, civil liberties, and mass incarceration. And musical interludes throughout feature Stripling and a top-flight rhythm section and singers adding melodic counterpoint through jazz, blues, R&B and gospel styles.
“Jazz & the Struggle for Freedom” will run Friday, June 18 through Sunday, July 4, 2021 exclusively at www.JAG.tv. Access to view the event is FREE.
“Jazz & the Struggle for Freedom” is presented by PNC Arts Alive and the Jazz Arts Group and features in addition to Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals, Bobby Floyd (piano), Reggie Jackson (drums), Sydney McSweeney (vocals), Dr. Milton Ruffin (vocals/guitar), Kevin Turner (guitar) and Andy Woodson (bass).
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