“In every generation, musicians have responded in song and action to promote social justice and equality. What the world is seeing today, as injustices are called out and protesters are finding their voices, is not new. And neither are the musical responses – words and music and passion converging to create something much bigger that cuts deep into the rage, gives hope and radiates empowerment. Join AARP Ohio and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for our three part celebration of Black Music Month: It's Been Said All Along, Voices of Rage, Hope, and Empowerment.
In each episode, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Chief Curator Nwaka Onwusa will tell the story of the artists who used their music to give voice to their sense of rage and hope, or to empower others to take action. Sharing unique artifacts, images, and of course the music to tell the stories of these artists. AARP's Senior Vice President for Global Thought Leadership, Jean Accius II, will then join the discussion to share how we understand current issues of disparity today, what AARP's research is telling us about those issues, and where we can find hope and how we can be empowered to take action to close those disparities gaps and further bend the moral arc of our country and communities towards justice.
Episode 3 - Empowerment
Leaders have used messages of power, confidence, and self-determination to empower African Americans across the country to take the actions necessary to bring social change and advance justice. This message is echoed in the music of artists like Mavis Staples, Bob Marley, Grandmaster Flash, The Furious Five, and connects to current artists like Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. This episode will look at how Black artists built messages of empowerment into their music, inspiring others to take the actions needed to advance justice.
Through AARP's Disrupt Disparities work, the conversation for this final episode in the series will focus on what actions can be taken now to address those issues of disparity, and how we can empower ourselves to bring about the solutions to those issues.
As a reminder, due to copyright issues, recording of this event is prohibited.