Rodman Public Library will mark Juneteenth with a special presentation by Dr. William “Ted” McDaniel, a professor of African-American studies and professor of music at the Ohio State University.
A specialist in African-American music and jazz performance, McDaniel will speak on the topic of Understanding Black History Through Black Music inside Rodman Auditorium on Monday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Black music has often served as a barometer of the times and lives of Black people. The program, utilizing recorded music, explores various aspects and periods of Black history by examining the music of each era. It ranges from the worksongs and spirituals of slavery through the rap of modern urban times.
McDaniel is noted for his analysis of the music of John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. He has published several works on Black music and more than 300 music arrangements.
Registration is required to attend the program. To register, visit rodmanlibrary.evanced.info/signup, or call 300-821-2665, ext. 107.