VIBRATO: SPEECH, POWER AND THE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS
UVA Lifetime Learning presents Maurice Wallace, Professor, English Department and Associate Director, African-American & African Studies, Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia. During this year’s annual Community MLK Celebration, Mr. Wallace will explore the sonic force and densities of Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech-making. He will discuss the power of amplified speech and ambient sound in the making of King’s memory. In a sense, this talk is part of a historical recovery project aimed at resituating King’s voice (as distinct from his words) in time and space. Knowing the rhetorical content of King’s speeches is not at all the same as knowing a great deal about King’s unique sound or the dynamics of technology and state terror inspiring it.
For while sound amplification technology may have augmented the tonality in King’s voice as he spoke in Washington and preached in Memphis, for example, it is also certain that this same technology helped mute the state threat to King and his auditors, fearfully heard in the constant clicking of cameras, recorders, timers, and triggers.
JANUARY 17, 2017 RECEPTION AND LECTURE, The University of Virginia
Reception at 6:00 pm
Lecture at 6:30 pm
African American Heritage Center
Journalist and bestselling author of
“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration”
January 24 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center – The University of Richmond
A Master Class with Miko Branch
Join the BND Institute of Media and Culture for a Master Class with Miko Branch, the CEO of the Miss Jessie’s LLC, the company behind the premium hair care product line, Miss Jessie’s, that exclusively caters to the diverse spectrum of all curly hair types. During this exciting program, Miko Branch will discuss her best-selling memoir soon to be released in
paperback, “Miss Jessie’s: Creating A Successful Business from Scratch -Naturally .” We are thrilled that NBC12’s Karla Redditte will present questions to Ms. Branch during this program that truly will inspire and motivate men and women of all ages.
February 11, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
Free and open to the public
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Chief political correspondent for Slate and CBS News political analyst
[Un]Finished: Twentieth Century Racial Discrimination and Its Long-Term Implications
Feb. 15 • 7 p.m., The University of Richmond