Yellow Springs, Ohio
Dr. Tammy Kernodle will speak on Langston Hughes as part of an ongoing series commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hughes' death in 1967. (Photo in public domain)
Yellow Springs News
Yellow Springs, Ohio
“Relevance and Resonance” and the Coretta Scott King Center will present Dr. Tammy Kernodle, who will speak about “Langston Hughes and His Role in Shaping the Political Consciousness of Black Women Artists-Activists in the 1960s” on Thursday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Antioch College Foundry Theater.
In the years following World War II, Langston Hughes emerged as one of the central literary voices reflecting the emerging radical consciousness of the Black community. From the 1950s until his death in 1967, he collaborated with a number of black women musicians, most notably composer and pianist Margaret Bonds, folksinger Odetta and singer and pianist Nina Simone. These collaborations were key in advancing a type of black radical cultural expression that paralleled the activism that defined the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. This presentation will discuss the collaborations Hughes engaged in with these women and the social/cultural impact these works had on bringing black political consciousness to the mainstream.
Tammy L. Kernodle is professor of musicology at Miami University in Ohio. Her scholarship and teaching have stretched across many different aspects of African-American music, but place an emphasis on the effects that gender, sexuality and regional identity have had on the creation, performance and reception of those musics. Her education includes a B.M. in music education from Virginia State University and M.A. and Ph.D. in music history/musicology from The Ohio State University. She served as the Scholar in Residence for the Women in Jazz Initiative at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City from 1999 until 2001 and has worked closely with a number of educational programs including the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, [email protected] Center and NPR.
The March 16 program is the third program presented under the framework of “Relevance and Resonance: A Langston Hughes Retrospective with Yellow Springs Community Performing Artists,” a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hughes’ 1967 death.