Black In America: Songs of Freedom and Protest to debut during Cincinnati Music Festival Weekend

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Black In America: Songs of Freedom and Protest to debut during Cincinnati Music Festival Weekend

MEDIA CONTACT:

Procter & Gamble
Crystal Harrell
513-983-4606
harrell.cw@pg.com

GCABJ
Charisse Gibson
charisse.t.gibson@gmail.com

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Christopher Miller
513-333-7562
cmiller@nurfc.org

Will Jones
513-333-7558
wjones@nurfc.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cincinnati, OH (July 24, 2017) – The Greater Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists (GCABJ), in collaboration with other local Cincinnati organizations, will be debuting Black in America: Songs of Freedom and Protest. Launching during Cincinnati Music Festival weekend, this community event will take place on July 29 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

This event will consist of an in-depth, interactive panel discussion that will touch on topics and issues within the African-American community, such as economics, health care, police & community relations and education. These topics will be paired with news headlines and protest music from various time periods within African American history. A photo exhibit and declaration wall will also be made available during and after the discussion to encourage the engagement of event attendees.

Hosted by New York Times bestselling author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi, the panel will feature Sen. Nina Turner, Wendell Young, Rep. Alicia Reece, Sedrick Denson, Dr. Treva Lindsey, and Iris Roley.

The event is expected to draw a crowd ranging from festival goers to local residents, and is a unique way for guests to experience a prominent Cincinnati staple such as the Freedom Center.

"There is power when organizations come together. The vision of this event was to communicate an important contrast of policy and its continued impact on the African American community.  We are delighted for festival goers and the city of Cincinnati to experience what the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has to offer,” says Sean Rugless, Co-Chair of NURFC’s Board Programming Committee. Christopher Miller, Program Manager at NURFC agrees that this is an event that aligns with the Freedom Center and their connection with the community.  “This event speaks to what we’re about and how we desire to be a part of the community and the conversations being had within the community,” Miller said.

Black In America: Songs of Freedom and Protest will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati Ohio 45202.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit  https://communityconversation_blackinamerica.eventbrite.com.

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org

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