Published: March 6, 2017

Professor Rabaka ReilandHave you ever wondered what rap music and hip-hop culture may have “inherited” from the popular music and political movements of the past?

On Wednesday, March 15, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies Reiland Rabaka offers an imaginative presentation that explores the origins and evolution of modern black popular culture from the Jazz Age through Obama’s America. 

The lecture juxtaposes the popular and political culture of historic movements, such as the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement, with rap music and the Hip Hop Movement of the present.

If you go
Who: Open to the public
What: "Hip Hop's Inheritance: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Lives Matter Movement"
When: Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hellems Arts and Sciences, room 199

Rabaka has faculty affiliations with several departments on campus and is the author of more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as more than a dozen books, including Against Epistemic Apartheid; Forms of Fanonism; Concepts of Cabralism; The Negritude Movement; and The Hip Hop Movement.

The event will be held at Hellems Arts and Sciences buidling. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Be sure to arrive early for a seat and a slice of pizza, which will be served around 6 p.m.

This presentation is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, as part of their Distinguished Lecture Series.