Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement

May 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement
Presented by Galen Abdur-Razzaq Master Flautist/Lecturer
Thursday, May 20 @ 7:00 PM
Zoom Presentation

The Mansfield Public Library in collaboration with four other Connecticut Libraries is pleased to present Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement.  The program is generally referred to as a Wrap Around. It is a combined lecture and music performance. It begins with a flute prelude performed by Galen . Followed by: A 60 minutes PowerPoint presentation chronicling the music from the turn of the century to present day and highlights various artists, their music, their influence on the evolution of jazz, and their struggles. In addition, it illustrates how jazz became an advocacy for the Civil Rights Movement, with proceeds from jazz concerts used to finance major events such as the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington in 1963. The lecture is infused with music demonstrations.

Galen is an extraordinary flutist with an extensive performance career.  He is also a riveting speaker with encyclopedic knowledge on the history of jazz and the Civil Rights Movement.  Galen studied at Berklee College of Music and holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Performing Arts from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email Peggy at: McCarthyML@MansfieldCT.org and the Zoom ID and password will be sent to you.  This program is free and available to all.