African American Lecture Series: Every Song Has A Story: Black Music’s Impact on America

Presented by Linda Gorham

May 16, 2024
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cullman Performance Hall, NC History Center

Can you hear them? Can you hear the notes… the beats… the unique musical rhythms and messages of the African American experience?

Linda Gorham will take you on a musical journey over the past 100 years as she tells the stories behind influential songs by Black artists that shaped American music and American attitudes. Songs include “Black & Blue” (Louis Armstrong, “Lift Every Voice” (James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson), “My Country Tis of Thee” (Marion Anderson), “Strange Fruit” (Billie Holiday), “The Twist” (Chubby Checker), “Happy Birthday” (Stevie Wonder), “What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye), “Respect” (Aretha Franklin), and “Say It Loud” (James Brown).

FREE to attend!

More on Linda Gorham…Storytelling is an amazing profession. As a storyteller, I enjoy thinking outside the box to create new stories out of old ones. I love twisting familiar tales. And I enjoy the challenge of creating new stories based on my own experiences. I also love seeing my audiences laugh, relive a memory, and/or think deeply about a memory. The power of Story is truly incredible. Storytelling has taken me from preschools through colleges and to festivals all over the United States and to South Africa, Egypt, and Greece. I have told stories and presented workshops for college orientations, corporate retreats, and law schools. It has been a fun ride!

For more information: Sharon.bryant@dncr.nc.gov