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Understanding Black History Through Black Music

February 17 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Come visit the Lorain Public Library Main Branch for an Ohio Humanities’ Speakers Bureau event with William McDaniel as part of the Lorain County’s Public Library celebration of Toni Morrison!

Black music has often served as a barometer of the times and lives of black people. This program, utilizing recorded music, explores various aspects and periods of black history by examining the music of each era. It ranges from the worksongs and spirituals of slavery through the rap of modern urban times.

William “Ted” McDaniel is Professor of African-American Studies and Professor of Music at the Ohio State University. A specialist in African-American music and jazz performance, he is noted for his analysis of the music of John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. He has published several works on black music and more than 300 music arrangements.

Preregistration is required. Click here for online registration and here for in-person.

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Lorain Public Library System Main Branch


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Lorain Public Library System Main Branch

351 W. Sixth Street
Lorain, Ohio 44052 United States
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541 West Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Office: 614.461.7802