Thursday, June 13, 2013



1963: The Music and The MovementWHEN: Wednesday, June 19, at 7-10 PM       
WHERE: Creative Alliance, The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
Carla E. Wills, 443.885.4391,

Panel and jam session to explore the political influence of Black music during the 1960s with Taylor Branch, Sheila Ross, Milton Dugger, Lester K. Spence, Jelani Favors, music by Craig Allston, performance by Keith Snipes, hosted by Robert Shahid

WEAA 88.9 FM and Creative Alliance will present 1963: The Music and The Movement, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Black Music Month, at Creative Alliance at the Patterson.

WEAA's Robert Shahid, host of the station's morning show, The Baltimore Blend, will moderate a conversation with a panel of musicians, researchers, and academicians, including author and documentarian Taylor Branch, long-time Baltimore music promoter Milton Dugger, and Sheila Ross of the '60s girl group The Royalettes. The discussion will and explore how the jazz and soul music of the era, from John Coltrane's "Alabama" to James Brown's "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)," influenced and was influenced by the Civil Rights Movement.

"There has been a lot of necessary scholarship around music from groups such as the SNCC Freedom Singers as it relates to the Movement," says Shahid, himself a jazz musician. "But the jazz and soul musicians who were forced to perform in segregated venues expressed their indignation against the conditions the community faced and encouraged others to stand up for their rights through music that spoke to the masses."

The program will open with Baltimore actor and writer Keith Snipes performing a reenactment of a speech that Martin Luther King Jr. gave to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival. The panel discussion will be followed by a jam session led by Baltimore jazz musician Craig Alston and a band performing music from the era.

The event is presented WEAA 88.9 FM and the Creative Alliance in partnership with the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and the Baltimore City branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

About WEAA
Public radio WEAA 88.9 FM serves more than 125,000 weekly listeners and is the leading provider of jazz, blues, gospel, world beat, news and public affairs programming in the Baltimore area. WEAA is a broadcast service of Morgan State University. 1700 E. Cold Spring Ln. Baltimore, MD 21251. 443.885.3564.

About Creative Alliance
The Creative Alliance builds communities by bringing together artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds to experience arts programs and engage in the creative process. Creative Alliance provides support to area artists, promotes Baltimore as a center for creative production, acts as a positive force in the community, and advocates for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.