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Joy and Pain: Black Music of the United States Global Praxis

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Joy and Pain: Black Music of the United States Global Praxis

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a talk with Don Harrell, founder and CEO of African Diasporic Arts and Education Inc. and UCF Professor of Africana Studies, in conjunction with the exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground. Figurehead tells the story of how the musical promotion company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit.

Harrell will talk about the relationship between music and society. This talk will explore how both sacred and secular music has served as a source of joy and a means of soothing pain to counter the effects of legal and social oppression and exploitation of Black Americans. Joy and Pain explores this dynamic with focus on rap and hip-hop culture, its proliferation, and its functional use in world-wide social justice movements.

Admission is free, but registration is required. The exhibition and related programming are funded in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Orange County Regional History Center.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

February 26 @ 2:00 pm -
February 26 @ 3:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Don Harrell, CEO of African Diasporic Arts and Education Inc. and Professor of Africana Studies at University of Central Florida
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Event Registration Link:
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Event Contact:

Katie Kelley
(407) 836-8556

Event Venue:

Orange County Regional History Center
65 E Central Ave
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Venue Phone:
(407) 836-8580

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