New Orleans

Black and blues: Jazz and the politics of forgetting

Blues and Jazz music are touted as America’s original art form, yet their dark origins are often overlooked. We travel south through the Delta along the Mississippi River to learn about the history of these musical genres, focusing on their complicated racial past rooted in slavery and segregation.

Learning objectives

Students develop an understanding of the complex relationship between the exploitation of blues and jazz musicians and the proliferation of the genres in mainstream music.
Students demonstrate critical consciousness about the debates around black or white ownership of blues and jazz in the U.S.
Students deepen their understanding of the role of blues and jazz as a form of protest and empowerment for slaves and activists during the Civil Rights Movement.

Program highlights

  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Plantations and the Birthplace of Blues
  • History and context through museums
  • Blues and Jazz Performances
  • Record Label and Recording Studio Immersions
  • Steamboat down the Mississippi
  • Drum and Dance Workshop
  • Second Line Parade Experience

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All Seasons

6-8 days; 12-25 students

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