At the Reece Museum
Hip Hop History: Cultural Celebration - November 16 & 18
Lecture & Panel
- Tuesday, Nov. 16 @ 1pm - The Business of Hip Hop - Dr. Daryl A. Carter, ETSU professor, associate dean & director of Black American Studies
- Tuesday, Nov. 16 @ 3pm - Hip Hop Panel Discussion - Featuring Dr. Daryl A. Carter, Dr. Elwood Watson ETSU professor, Will Isom, director of Black in Appalachia
Presentation & Performance
- Thursday, Nov. 18 @ 3 pm - J. Bu$h - Artistic Director of the Good Guy Collective and hip hop artist J. Bu$h will give a presentation and performance.
- Jam Session – following J. Bu$h’s performance there will be a jam session between Bu$h and musicians from the ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies
Jason Flack Art Exhibition & Interview
- It was all a Dream, an exhibition by Jason Flack is on display in the Reece Museum throughout November
- Thursday, Nov. 18 @ 1pm – Artist Interview – Learn more about Flack’s art and its connection to Hip Hop
The Black American Studies program, the Reece Museum, and the Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center, with support from the College of Arts & Sciences’ Office of Equity & Inclusion, have partnered to present Hip Hop History: A Cultural Celebration. Held at the Reece Museum and the Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center, these scheduled events will celebrate and recognize important contributions that Hip Hop has made to art and culture. Dr. Daryl A. Carter, director and associate dean says, “this partnership and collaborative exercise highlights the importance of Black Americans and their contributions to America, especially in Appalachia.”
In the summer of 2021, the U.S. Senate passed a Resolution that designated November 2021 as “Hip Hop History Month,” elevating Hip Hop’s status to equal other uniquely American genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, and rock and roll. Senate Resolution 331 states that “Hip Hop artists and supporters, originally of African heritage, now transcend many different ages, ethnicities, religions, locations, political affiliations, and socioeconomic statuses, which demonstrates the melting-pot quality of Hip Hop art and culture.”
Rebecca Proffitt, interim director of the Reece Museum says, “This collaboration represents an opportunity to think about the ways that art forms create connective spaces between communities. I think it’s important to recognize that many art forms that we think of as being “traditionally Appalachian” are rooted in African and Indigenous cultural expressions, and represent a long history of the sharing of ideas and knowledge between culture groups.”
To kick off the celebration of Hip-Hop History Month, the Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center plans to host Jonathan Blanchard on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 7 pm, in a performance entitled “From History to Hip-Hop.” This interactive experience chronicles the evolution of American music from field songs to hip hop, and will introduce participants to hip hop’s original creators and its main elements, providing context to the key aspects of the art form.
Events held at the Reece Museum on November 16 & 18, 2021, will include a lecture by Dr. Carter, an artist talk by Johnson City Artist Jason Flack, a panel discussion on Hip Hop culture, and an exploration of the merging of Hip Hop culture with Appalachian culture. The Reece Museum will also have Jason Flack’s Hip Hop themed artwork on display for the month of November.
The Reece Museum, housed in the Department of Appalachian Studies at ETSU, is a unit of the Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services, which resides in the same department. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about Hip Hop History events, please phone (423) 439-4392 or visit www.etsu.edu/reece.
The Black American Studies program is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences. Black American Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program. Undergraduate students may select Black American Studies as a minor. The cornerstones of this program are: 1) respect for knowledge, 2) respect for others, 3) affirmation of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, 4) determination to improve our society through education and service, 5) humility, 6) compassion, and 7) cooperation. For more information about the minor and to learn more about the Black American Studies please visit www.etsu.edu/afam. Please feel free to contact Dr. Daryl A. Carter, director of the program, at (423) 439-7429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.