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1619 - 2019: 400 Years of African American History

Lift Every Voice and Sing: Celebrating African American Musical Heritage 

Throughout the year, events will be held in celebration of the African American experience as expressed through music.

The Johnson Brothers and "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

The Johnson Brothers and Lift Every Voice and Sing 

The lyrics to the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" were written by James Weldon Johnson as a poem. The poem was first performed in 1900 by 500 school children at Stanton Institute in Jacksonville, Florida in celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. After being set to music by his brother, John Rosamond Johnson, the song became the official song of the NAACP and is often called the Black National Anthem. 

Event Date and Location

September 27, 2019 - Museum MeetUp at the Ritz Theatre and Museum

 

Resources for Further Exploration

Online Resources

Lift Every Voice and Sing - The text

James Weldon Johnson - A biography and links to other works by the Florida-born poet

"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" - An online exhibit from the Yale University Library that "offers a look at the creation of the song, and at the lives and careers of the brothers who created it."

Till Victory Is Won: The Staying Power Of 'Lift Every Voice And Sing'

‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’: The story behind the ‘black national anthem’ that Beyoncé sang

Books at the SJR State Library
Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request.

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington Listening Party

Event Date and Locations

April 10, 2019  Celebrating Duke Ellington in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month 
St. Augustine Campus Library, room L-112. Stop by from 10:00 - 2:00!

10:00 - 11:00 am Listening Party featuring the music of Duke Ellington

11:00 - 12:00 pm Viewing Party: Duke Ellington Performs at the Cotton Club

12:00 - 1:00 pm Viewing Party: Duke Ellington: The Big Band Feeling

1:00 - 2:00 pm Listening Party featuring the music of Duke Ellington

Palatka Campus, Building A,Valhalla Hall. Stop by from 9:30 - 2:30!

Resources for Further Exploration

Online Resources

Duke Ellington - from The Duke Ellington Society 

100 Years of Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington - Podcast from the National Endowment for the Arts

Duke Ellington, In Film and Onstage - from NPR

From the Club to the Cathedral: Revisiting Duke Ellington's Controversial 'Sacred Concert'

Duke Ellington on Stage and Screen - from Georgetown University Library

Books at the SJR State Library
Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request.

Celebration • Education • Reflection

H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619."  The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.” In recognition of this commemoration and with the Act serving as a guide, the SJR State Library has organized a year-long series of events that will provide educational experiences and resources to students and the community that celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.

Site created and maintained by Dr. Christina Will. Pages will be added and maintained throughout 2019.
Maintenance will cease at the end of 2019 but this site will remain accessible.