Wed, March 31, 2021 3:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library
FREE Digital Event!
On ZOOM - RSVP here: tinyurl.com/RacismChildrensMusic
The Free Library's Music Department is thrilled to be hosting a free virtual workshop, Racism in Children's Music, with performer Uncle Devin! Parents, teachers, librarians and educators will learn about the history of racism in Children's music in the US and beyond. Uncle Devin will use an anti-racist framework to examine how some popular nursery rhymes reinforce inferiority complexes in kids. He'll also explore how popular children's movies have appropriated African music. Uncle Devin will discuss the role of the Negro spiritual as a tool of resistance enslaved Africans used. This multimedia presentation will include references and resources participants can consult afterwards. Anyone who wants to learn to reclaim or decolonize the Children's music listening experience will benefit from this workshop!
"Devin Walker, a.k.a. “Uncle Devin -The Children’s Drumcussionist”, has a 25-year career distinguished by commended performance and proven results as a Senior Equal Opportunity Professional. He has designed successful training programs in Equal Opportunity and Diversity Training, Discrimination in the Workplace Training and more for federal government agencies and private organizations. Uncle Devin’s passion for equity has also led him to become a national leader in the family music industry, an award-winning drummer, percussionist, children’s book author and teaching artist with The Uncle Devin Show. Due to a lack of diversity in festivals, radio airplay and media, he launched Watoto Entertainment & Education or WEE Nation Radio (WNR), a 24/7 online music radio station that provides the best in family-friendly global beats for little feet. He also hosts his weekly companion WNR show on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, DC. A platform providing opportunities for children of color to hear music by artists that reflects their culture. His workshop, “Racism in Children’s Music,” has made Uncle Devin a proven resource for early children educators from around the world, including China, Australia, and the Netherlands, who have sought his adviceon appropriate musical content for their children and organizations."
If you have any questions you can contact the Music Department by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: 215 686 5316.