Audience enjoying a Rock Hall community festival
Robert Muller

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:30pm

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King at the Rock Hall

Music was an integral part to the Civil Rights Movement, and musicians often stood alongside Dr. King during many of his appearances in the name of racial justice. From the Freedom Singers to Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan to Sam Cooke, musicians have regularly played a role in advocating for social change.

ACTIVITIES

Join Upcycle Parts Shop to create your own protest signs, write your dreams, and other kid-friendly activities!

FILM SCREENINGS

We'll show films from the Civil Rights Movement as well as exceptional performances by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: Cleveland Is the City

Explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. Listen to artists from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to the O‘Jays to Tracy Chapman to Kid Cudi.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: Rock and Roll and THE Civil Rights MOVEMENT

Learn how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society.

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MC & DJ ALL DAY LONG: Dj Ryan Wolf

As The Official DJ for the Cleveland Browns, Z107.9 On-air Mixer and Chopstar Dj, DJ Ryan Wolf has come to take his city by storm. Falling in love with music at a young age, DJ Ryan Wolf claims he had an ear for music but decided that his instrument of choice would be the turntables. Determined to set the bar in mixing; DJ Ryan Wolf studies from the likes of OG Ron C, DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Drama. What makes him different from any other mixer is his ability to incorporate blending, scratching and mixing to come up with a unique style that is only his own.

DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMEN OF THE SPOKEN WORD

The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word is a group of African-American males ages 8-18 who study the art of performance poetry. These gentlemen take classic poetry pieces, movement poetry (mime/breaking/ flexing) and combine it with the art of spoken word. Poetry has become the living tool that they use to help keep them focused and on the right path in school, at home, and within the community. Alongside learning poetry, they attend weekly character development classes (Life-skills, Drug Prevention and Crime Prevention Education).

DIGITAL ARTS HIGH SCHOOL STEPPERS

Cleveland Metropolitan School District Digital Arts High School boasts a number of creative endeavors, including a step team that has performed across the city. They made their own music video in front of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in June 2017 where they demonstrated their incredible skills.

djapo

Djapo is a non profit Cultural Arts Organization dedicated to preserving the Dance, Music, Art, History and Culture of Africa and throughout the Diaspora. Talise Campbell founded Djapo Cultural Arts Institute in 2009 in hopes of bringing individuals together to learn about self and others through music and dance. Djapo is dedicated to preserving and sharing African culture and history with all whom embrace the culture.