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Black Music Month: The Role of Ancestor Veneration in Newark’s Black Music

Thursday, 06/25/2020

Image Courtesy of Nia I’man Smith.


In honor of Black Music Month, we welcome you to virtually join the Paul Robeson Galleries on Thursday, June 25th at 6:30 pm as we celebrate Newark’s rich Black music legacy. Hosted by Nia I’man Smith, the evening will feature an interactive presentation highlighting musicians from Newark whose music illustrates the role of ancestor veneration in Black music as a form of honoring the past, being in conversation with the present, and envisioning the future.

RSVP required. Zoom details will be sent via email 24 hours before the program.

Nia I’man Smith is the creator of THE BLACK CONNECTION, a multi-platform exploration of her interests in the music, visual culture, and Orisa tradition of the Black Diaspora. Inspired by the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Amiri Baraka, and AfriCOBRA, her independent research seeks to document African cultural retentions within diasporic Black music. She is the creator and lead voice of SONIC BLACKNUSS, a podcast at the intersection of Black music and memory. Smith holds a B.A. in Afro-American studies from Howard University, and an M.S.Ed in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.

  • Type: Lectures & Panels
  • Time: 06/25/2020 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Venue:Zoom