John T. Washington Lecture Series - Up Rooting Racism: An Evolution of Hip Hop and Hip-Hop Nation Story

Thursday, February 25, 2021 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

UCF Department of History's Africana Studies Program in partnership with UCF Alumni is pleased to host the third annual Dr. John T. Washington Lecture Series benefiting scholarships for Africana Studies minors. This lecture series upholds the legacy and continues the mission of Dr. John T. Washington.

The lecture speaker is Professor Donald Harrell who will present Up Rooting Racism: An Evolution of Hip Hop and Hip-Hop Nation Story. 

Up Rooting Racism: An Evolution of Hip Hop Perspective is a look at the question rap and hip-hop culture’s usefulness in combating racism, which is arguably one the most problematic social ills of the last 21st. This multifaced presentation includes perspectives on hip-hop vs racism given by college students currently enrolled in a course that traces hip hop’s, a historical account of the role that music has traditionally played in the African American struggle for survival, liberation, and civil rights, and contextual music and storytelling in the African tradition, as well.

Professor Harrell is lifelong learner with a professional career that includes significant experience as an administrator, educator, arts organization executive board member producer, director, performing artist, and arts activist. His work is and has been aimed at using education as a primary tool in the effort to eradicate racism and other types of oppression. He is the co-founder of Orisirisi African Folklore- an awe-inspiring African adventure rooted in the history, culture, and traditions of Africa, inclusive of folktales, legends, and myths, spirited drumming, dance and song, children’s games, lectures on special topics, and a healthy dose of the obligatory African tradition of audience participation. The nationally and internationally acclaimed performing arts and educational initiative was founded in 1986, with the expressed purpose of sharing the beauty and poignancy of African and African American life and culture.

Registration is required. 

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