A Poetry Mixtape in collaboration with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
In collaboration with the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the O.B. Hardison Poetry series will create a poetic mixtape in response to the exhibition It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope, and Empowerment.
Poets Reuben Jackson, Ashley M. Jones, Patricia Spears Jones, and Nate Marshall will explore through their own poetry the words of empowerment embedded in the historic musical legacy of such artists as Public Enemy, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown.
In describing the exhibition the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame says, “musicians have responded in song and action to promote social justice and equality. What the world is seeing today, as injustices are called out and protesters are finding their voices, is not new. And neither are the musical responses - words and music and passion converging to create something much bigger that cuts deep into the rage, gives hope and radiates empowerment.”
The reading will begin with a pop-up exhibition of rare items from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and will be followed by a moderated conversation with questions from those in attendance.
About the Exhibition
In every generation, Black rock and roll artists have elevated the conversation about race, equality, justice, and peace. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 exhibition It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment shows how musical artists have channeled the power of rock & roll to respond to racism from the roots of rock to today.
Co-sponsored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Rock connects us. The mission of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is clear: To engage, teach, and inspire through the power of Rock & Roll. The Museum shares stories of the people, events, and songs that shape our world through exhibits, innovative programs, and concerts.
The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is pleased to partner with East City Bookshop, an independently run, women owned bookstore on Capitol Hill. Pickup is available at the shop, or they ship (almost) anywhere! Check their website, eastcitybookshop.com.