Join the In the Loop Ministry Group, on February 16 and February 19, at 6:30 pm each night, as they discuss the NYT 1619 installment, “The Birth of American Music,” where Wesley Morris chronicles the evolution of American music and its intersection with the pulse and spirit of Africa — rhythms and blues and jazz that grew from hearts and souls of enslaved Africans on the plantations of the South, to the streets of the industrial north and now, the urban centers of cities across America, and the world.
Bruce Henderson, the Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Justice Georgie, Baltimore youth entrepreneur and spoken word enthusiast, will share how Black music serves as a predominant influence in the development of American culture, and as America’s gift to the world. Black musical influence is seen in the secular and the sacred. It is the heart beat of Saturday nights’ lived experience and the soul of our uplifted spirits in Sunday morning praise and worship. Black music chronicles the socio-political history of racism, oppression and exclusion engendered in American history of enslavement of African peoples, and its continued legacy.