Sunday, February 1, 2009

Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. Celebrates Black History Month

Throughout Black History Month, the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. will periodically highlight the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans through its blog

Black History Month is an annual remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. The remembrance was originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson as "Negro History Week". Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Woodson also founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. []

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First up, WBGO Studio Session: Robert Glasper Trio - "Enoch's (Inaugural) Meditation"

Check out Robert Glasper's Enoch's Meditation on YouTube

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper plays an original composition "Enoch's Meditation," with narrative from Martin Luther King's 1966 "We Shall Overcome" speech, Barack Obama's presidential election night victory speech from Grant Park in Chicago, audio from Dr. Cornel West, and a spontaneous piano reharmonization of the presidential anthem, "Hail to the Chief." This performance was recorded January 14th at WBGO Studios in Newark, New Jersey. Produced by Josh Jackson. Mix by Josh Webb, with assistance from David Tallacksen. Happy Inauguration 2009, from the jazz community!

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