Music of Change: Protest, Uplift, and Hope


Music of Change: Protest, Uplift, and Hope

Date and Time

Thursday, June 24, 2021 2:00 pm EST - 3:00 pm EST


Zoom Webinar

Event Type

Panel Discussion, Online



With the backdrop of Black Music Appreciation Month, an annual celebration of African American music in the United States initiated by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is hosting a webinar to honor the history and legacy of music derived from the African diaspora.  This webinar will explore the linkage between music, folklore, and rituals of Africa and the continuing evolution of African American music.


  • Everett McCorvey, a soloist, conductor, and professor of voice. He is the founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, the director and executive producer of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, president of Global Creative Connections, and the artistic director of the National Chorale.
  • Rissi Palmer, a country, pop, R&B Soul music artist. She debuted in 2007 with the single "Country Girl", which made her the first African-American woman to chart a country song since Dona Mason in 1987. She is the host of her own radio show Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer on Apple Music Country and the founder of the Color Me Country Artist Grant Fund designed to support new country artists of color.
  • Jacqueline Patrice Hudson, a doctoral candidate in the American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. While working on her dissertation entitled, I Am Every (Black) Woman: Negotiating Intersectionality in the Music Industry, she continues to work on curatorial and historic preservation projects.
  • Will Jones, an entrepreneur who owns and operates Blaze 4 Glory Music Group, LLC. (B4GMG). Restructured in 2017, B4GMG is a music service company that provides management, marketing and publishing services for artists, DJs, producers, media personalities and other audio content creators.

Registration is required:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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