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Dialogue: Free Jazz / Black Power: Lewis Gordon, Ph.D. and Justin Desmangles

Saturday, 12/4/2021
2:00 - 3:30

Lewis Gordon and Justin Desmangles discuss the creative relationship between the radical movement within Afro-American classical music known as Free Jazz and the parallel development of the Black Power movement in international politics. 


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Jazz, the most original and pervasively influential art form of the last hundred years, was created by African Americans. Within that art form emerged Free Jazz, its most controversial emanation. Controversial in part because Free Jazz has historically closely aligned itself with revolutionary struggle among Blacks internationally. Join us for what promises to be a vibrant, explosive discussion of aesthetics, philosophy and the practice of freedom.



Lewis Gordon - Website | Lewis Gordon - Twitter | Lewis Gordon - Facebook 

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More Than a Month, SFPL's Black History Month celebration, recognizes important historical events, honors community and national leaders and fosters steps towards community wellbeing. Programming features authors, poets and craft classes for all ages. More Than a Month begins in January in time for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend, and runs all throughout February.

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