Join the Alumni Association and Florida Tech professor of African American Studies, Don Harrell, for a virtual Lunch & Learn Lecture on the history and evolution of African American music culture.
African American culture and existential struggles have been expressed through many different musical genres throughout the last 400 years, from folk spirituals, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, and jazz… all the way to the most recent styles of hip-hop and rap. Music has played an essential role in African Americans’ fight for freedom, equal rights, and equity—aiding in their liberation and the Civil Rights Movement—and has been central to their survival. Prof. Harrell will explore these different styles of music and how they played a part in establishing the African American lexicon, mainly focusing on the latest emerging genres: hip-hop and rap.
An opportunity for discussion will follow the lecture.
Don Harrell is an African studies scholar, ethnomusicologist, folklorist, and musician who has been teaching in the classroom for 20 years. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Florida Tech teaching the inaugural Modern African American Studies class, as well as the Evolution of Hip Hop class, in the developing African American Studies minor. He is co-founder of a performing arts and arts education company, Orisirisi African Folklore, serving to reacquaint African Americans with their African culture and enrich their sense of pride in their cultural roots.