From the days of minstrel shows to the creation of race records in the early 20th century to rock and roll, hip hop, and beyond, the African American contribution to American popular music parallels and contributes to the complex history of race relations in the United States. Dr. Patrick Burke, Washington University, author of Come In and Hear the Truth: Jazz and Race on 52nd Street (University of Chicago Press, 2008); soul, blues, and traditional Native American musician, Martha Redbone; and Dr. Maureen Mahon, New York University, author of Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race (Duke University Press, 2004) discuss the past, present, and future of popular music and what W.E.B. DuBois called "the color line." Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment and in collaboration with the Apollo Theater. $
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6 Museum Members
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