Lecture by Dr. Sonya Donaldson: Singing the Nation: “Memory, Meaning, and Resistance in ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing'”
Black History Month
February 25, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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In her digital humanities project, “Singing the Nation Into Being,” Dr. Sonya Donaldson has created an archive of performances, remixes, and mashups of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The song, also known as the African American Anthem, was written by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson for 500 schoolchildren to perform in honor of Booker T. Washington in 1900.
Building on this research, Dr. Donaldson will lecture about the ways that Black women's voices have been used in public performances, including this song, to promote a sense of "we-ness" at different moments in U.S. history.
Ahead of Dr. Donaldson's presentation, UIC students are invited to submit videos of themselves performing or talking about the song.
CART live captioning will be provided. Please send any questions or additional accommodation requests to email@example.com.
Thanks to the UIC African American Cultural Center and Honors College for co-sponsoring this Black History Month keynote lecture.
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