In celebration of Black History Month, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will present a special film series, “Double Exposure: African American Music on Film,” which will highlight the central role of African Americans in the history of rock and roll. Selected films cover a wide range of musical styles, from the gospel roots of rock to hip hop, and feature legendary performers, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as Bessie Smith, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Curtis Mayfield, The Staples Singers, Run-D.M.C., Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and Isaac Hayes. The films also reflect historical and cultural changes in African-American culture during the rock and roll era. The screenings will include special introduction and discussion by scholars, filmmakers, and Rock Hall Education staff. All films will be screened in the Rock Hall’s state-of-the-art Foster Theater and are free with a reservation.
The month will also include a class in the Rock Hall’s K-12 program, Rockin’ the Schools, as well as a special session of the museum’s K-12 teacher professional development program, Teachers Rock. The Teachers Rock session, Alternate Takes: K-12 Approaches to African-American Music on Film, will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from 4:30 – 6pm and will explore the legacy of African-American music and musicians on film. Participating educators will discuss key films (to be screened in their entirety throughout the month) as well as Rock Hall educational models and content approaches. With subjects and performances ranging from the birth of the blues to the dawn of hip-hop, these films reveal a story often neglected or even ignored. Learn how you can bring this meaningful history into your own classroom.