Black History Month – Music as Medicine: Evolution of Music in the Black Community

Music and Medicine, Black History Month 2021

Learn more at: https://www.wisc.edu/black-history/

From generation to generation music has been utilized by the Black Community as a form of activism, healing, and freedom of expression. From the use of negro spirituals to uplift the spirits of enslaved peoples, to the arrangement of contemporary hip-hop tracks to call out systemic racism and oppression, throughout generations music has been used by Black people to reflect their internal and external situations.

This year, we will celebrate the theme Music as Medicine: Evolution of Music in the Black Community by presenting a cohesive set of programming designed to highlight the various forms of Black music such as Negro Spirituals, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Hip Hop/Rap, Gospel, R&B, and more. We will also discuss the influence of those often ignored for their contributions to music, such as women in genres dominated by men.

Tuesday, February 9th

MLK SYMPOSIUM — AN EVENING WITH ISABEL WILKERSON (RE-RECORDED ENCORE)

Join Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement on Feb. 9 for a re-recorded encore of Isabel Wilkerson’s MLK Symposium lecture as part of Black History Month. This rebroadcast will be featured on the UW-Madison Student Affairs YouTube channel from 6-9 p.m. Recording of this lecture is strictly prohibited. This video is available for one-time viewing only. Viewers will not be able to start or refresh the broadcast after 9 p.m. CST. Online. 6-9 p.m. Information: Payton.wade@wisc.edu

 Wednesday, February 10th

BLACK TABLE TALK

Join us at our Black Table Talk weekly as we discuss well-known eras of music and discuss how the messages of songs in that music reflected the social climate of that time. We will have weekly special guests so tune in on the Black Cultural Center Instagram instagram.com/uwmadisonbcc Online. 2:30 p.m. Information: bcc@studentlife.wisc.edu

 Saturday, February 13th

WUDXFILM + BCC: SCREENING OF 20 FEET FROM STARDOM

20 Feet from Stardom, an Academy Award winning documentary, highlights the lives of Black women background singers who sang for many of our favorite artists. To access the film, fill out the form by noon CST on Saturday, February 12. An email will be sent on or before Saturday with a link to stream the film. The film will be available all day February 12-13th. This event is only available to UW-Madison affiliates. You will be asked to log in with your @wisc.edu email before accessing the film. Online. All day. Information: 262-4503, bcc@studentlife.wisc.edu

Sunday, February 14th

WUDXFILM + BCC: SCREENING OF 20 FEET FROM STARDOM

20 Feet from Stardom, an Academy Award winning documentary, highlights the lives of Black women background singers who sang for many of our favorite artists. To access the film, fill out the form by noon CST on Saturday, February 12. An email will be sent on or before Saturday with a link to stream the film. The film will be available all day February 12-13th. This event is only available to UW-Madison affiliates. You will be asked to log in with your @wisc.edu email before accessing the film. Online. All day. Information: 262-4503, bcc@studentlife.wisc.edu