1963: The Music and The Movement
From John Coltrane's "Alabama" to James Brown's "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)," jazz and soul music has influenced and been influenced by the Civil Rights Movement. WEAA explored that relationship at the panel discussion and jam session, “1963: The Music and The Movement,” held June 19, 2013 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Panelists included author Taylor Branch, long-time Baltimore music promoter Milton Dugger, historian and Morgan State University professor Jelani Favors, Johns Hopkins University professor Lester Spence, and Sheila Ross of the Royalettes. In addition to the panel this live event featured a live performance of Coltrane’s Alabama by Baltimore jazz musician Craig Alston and his quartet, and an electrifying rendition of Martin Luther King’s address on jazz by Baltimore actor and writer Keith Snipes.
1963: The Music and The Movement was presented by WEAA in partnership with the Creative Alliance, the Baltimore City chapter of the NAACP, the Baltimore Jazz Alliance, and the Maryland ACLU.