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Dr. Michelle R. Scott Lecture: Freedom Listening: Popular Music and Black Freedom Struggles

Please join us for a lecture in observance of Black History Month.  We are honored to Dr. Michelle R. Scott with us for a virtual lecture in which she will discuss the history of music in the Black Freedom Struggle focusing on the 1950s to 1980s. Q&A to follow the lecture.

Dr. Michelle R. Scott is an Associate Professor of History, and an affiliate in Africana Studies, Gender, Women’s, Sexuality Studies, and Language Literacy, and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her research and teaching interests include 20th-century American history, African American history, women’s history, black musical culture, and civil rights history.  Interviewed for the website material for HBO’s Bessie, Dr. Scott's book, Blues Empress in Black Chattanooga: Bessie Smith and the Emerging Urban South was used as historical material.  She is the recipient of national fellowships and awards including those from the University of Maryland System, the Smithsonian Institution, the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the former Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Dr. Scott's most recent project, T.O.B.A. Time: Black Vaudeville and the Theater Owners' Booking Association in Jazz Age America, is under contract at the University of Illinois Press.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Lectures/Presentations, Educational


History/Research, Equity & Inclusion


Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Law Students, Graduate Students





College of Arts & Sciences, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
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