San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Hush Arbor: Living Legacies of African American Spirituals with Imani Uzuri
Sunday, February 9, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Vocalist, Composer and Cultural Worker Imani Uzuri has crafted an engaging intergenerational workshop to share in song & community.
Hush Arbors were hidden "safe" spaces intentionally created by enslaved African Americans in wooded areas throughout the southern United States as a place to secretly worship, commune, transcend, strategize, revolt and plan escape. American Spirituals were communally created in spaces such as these. This intergenerational workshop celebrates the rich heritage of this seminal (Black) American folk music acknowledged as a "national treasure" by the U.S. Congress in 2007.
Participants will uncover this body of music's multi-layered and coded history and how its healing, contemplative and revolutionary inheritance continued to remain activated through the Civil Rights Era and within our contemporary musical landscape today. All will be invited to share in communal singing of some of these inspiring songs such as "This Little Light of Mine", "Deep River" and "Wade In The Water". We will also explore the early history of the Blues and Gospel music. Bring a tambourine, rattle, small drum or justyour feet to stomp, your hands to clap and your voices to sing!
All children must be accompanied by an adult; all adults must be accompanied by a child.
When & Where
Apollo Theater Education Program
About the Apollo Education Program
The Apollo Theater Education Program extends the Apollo’s commitment to enhancing the life of the community. The Education Program focuses on four distinct areas of learning and engagement: residencies, workshops and tours for schools; curriculum materials aligned to state and national learning standards and study guides derived from the Theater’s history; career development for teens and adults through the Apollo Theater Academy; and discussions and lectures for the public that highlight the history of the Apollo and its impact on American art, culture and entertainment.
About the Apollo Theater
Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.