Uzee Brown performs with the Bowling Green Philharmonia
MUSIC, FOOD, POETRY HELP CARRY US 'BEYOND THE DREAM'
In addition to their passion, courage and commitment to social justice, people working in the civil rights movement were sustained and nourished by music and food. The Jan. 10 “Beyond the Dream” program at Kobacker Hall celebrated the achievements of the movement through both. BGSU alumnus Dr. Uzee Brown, chair of the Department of Music at Morehouse College and director of the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir, provided a stirring narration to Joseph Schwantner's “New Morning for the World: ‘Daybreak of Freedom,’" written to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and performed by the Bowling Green Philharmonia and conducted by Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities.
|Jessica B. Harris
Eminent food historian Jessica B. Harris explained the significance of food to the movement, from the lunch counter sit-ins of the 1960s to the African American-owned restaurants where King and other leaders met to discuss strategy and find sustenance. Harris also discussed the changes to America’s eating habits brought about by the movement, as Northerners in solidarity reclaimed their Southern food roots, others nationally adopted the vegetarianism advocated by comedian-turned–activist Dick Gregory or the diet set forth by Elijah Mohammad, Nation of Islam leader, while still others looked back to Africa, bringing international cuisine to the United States.
Rounding out the program was a multimedia presentation of graphics by Heejoo Kim, assistant professor of digital arts, music by 2013 alumnus Evan Williams and poetry by student Bea Fields.