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Clasped hands in robe with CHF logo and text overlay: BELIEF, October 28 - November 12
CHF 2014: Journeys

The Sounds of Freedom

The UIC Forum comes alive with an hour of iconic American music. Johari Jabir, acclaimed musician and University of Illinois at Chicago professor of African American studies, celebrates the place of gospel music in the civil rights movement. Take a sonic tour from Rev. James Cleveland’s pioneering sound to Nina Simone’s protest songs.

This program is presented in partnership with the UIC Institute for the Humanities.

Image by Annie Dipert

Speakers and Performers

Johari Jabir

Johari Jabir is an assistant professor in the department of African American studies at UIC. Johari is an artist, teacher, and scholar whose musical formation began with the Gospel Blues tradition of St. Louis, MO, where he was born and raised. His teaching and research interests are the intersections of race, history, culture, and American Empire.

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Leaders And Thinkers

Johari Jabir
Faculty page at University of Illinois at Chicago

Online Resources

Songs Of The Civil Rights Movement [audio]