Jazz Flautist Galen Abdur-Razzaq on Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement

Jazz Flautist Galen Abdur-Razzaq, on Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement

This virtual event is free and open to all. It is held in partnership with DeKalb Public Library.

Galen Abdur-Razzaq kicks off this virtual event with a prelude on his flute. From there, this presentation chronicles the music from the turn of the century to present day and highlights various artists, their music, their influence on the evolution of jazz, and their struggles. Galen illustrates how jazz became an advocacy for the Civil Rights Movement, with proceeds from jazz concerts used to finance major events such as the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington in 1963. The lecture is infused with music demonstrations.

Galen is an extraordinary flautist with an extensive performance career. He is also a riveting speaker on the topic of jazz, and has performed at colleges and universities for over thirty years. A former educator, he holds a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, in Education and Performing Arts, and studied music at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Embracing his love of music and desire to continue educating, he offers an engaging and enjoyable path to music appreciation through his music programs comprised of performances, lectures, and special events.

Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting, a phone number to call into the Zoom meeting, and a password to the meeting. Join the Zoom meeting 5 minutes prior to the program, especially if you haven’t used Zoom before.

For additional information or help with registration, please contact Adult Services Manager Samantha at samanthas@sycamorelibrary.org or at (815) 895-2500 ext. 404.


Jan 16 2021


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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