Ames History Museum: Behind the Beat

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Topic: Behind the Beat

Presenter: Jenny Barnett, African American Museum of Iowa


This month's event will be held online only.

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Computers will be available in the Auditorium to participate in this virtual event.


Music will be used to explore African American history, from the African beats to the jazz of the Harlem Renaissance to the popular music of the Civil Rights movement.

The influences of traditional African music can be seen in the spirituals sung by African Americans while they worked as slaves, elements of spirituals can be found in blues, blues led way to jazz, jazz spurred on R&B, rock and roll, hip hop, and other forms of modern music.

Each musical style has ties to history - jazz  - the Harlem Renaissance – Motown - the Civil Rights Movement. To understand history, you just have to look Behind the Beat!



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Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and Ames History Museum. Program funded by Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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