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In his interview for The HistoryMakers, academic administrator and retired Florida A&M band director William Foster says this: “Music is one thing that can really get inside… your mind and your body. It can be such an important force for good.” Black people have known and experienced music in this way for centuries. For this discussion, WHUR radio host Angela Stribling and a panel of music experts explore whether the archives reveal the rich relationship between African Americans and music, and if not, what must be done to preserve this vital history. Panelists include Grammy Award-winning musician and Artistic Director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, Jason Moran, and pop and R&B music arranger and the late Luther Vandross’s noted music director, Nat Adderley, Jr. The discussion also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers MusicMakers Advisory Committee.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube and Facebook Live at 12:00 noon EST on Saturday, December 20 as part of the penultimate installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Advisory Board

Nat Adderley, Jr.  Pianist, R&B arranger
Nat Adderley, Jr. 
Pianist, R&B arranger 


Dwight Andrews  Professor, Music Theory & African American Music - Emory University
Dwight Andrews 
Professor, Music Theory & African American Music
​​​Emory University
Larkin Arnold, Jr.  Founder & Attorney, Arnold & Associates
Larkin Arnold, Jr. 
Founder & Attorney, Arnold & Associates 
Janie Bradford  Executive Director, Heroes & Legends
Janie Bradford 
Executive Director
Heroes & Legends 
Terri Lyne Carrington  Founder & Artistic Director, Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice
Terri Lyne Carrington 
Founder & Artistic Director
Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice 
Fatin Dantzler  Singer & Songwriter, Kindred the Family Soul
Fatin Dantzler 
Singer & Songwriter
​​​​​​Kindred the Family Soul
George Shirley  Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus, Professor of Voice -University of Michigan
George Shirley 
Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus, Professor of Voice
University of Michigan 






Date and Time

Saturday, December 19, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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