Creating Social Change Through Film and Music: Do the Right Thing!

“You get to a particular age when you request, ‘Who’s heading to stand up and speak out for us?’ Then you glance all over and realize that the James Baldwins, Muhammad Alis and Dr. Kings are no for a longer period listed here…and start out to understand that it falls on you. I’m not trying to say I’m listed here to consider to appropriate the entire

For one hundred many years, the College of Michigan Faculty of Social Function has created an impact educating the upcoming technology of social operate leaders, advancing social justice and developing progressive alter. Since 1921, Michigan Social Function has been deeply fully commited to addressing the most important issues experiencing our society together with structural racism, social justice and financial inequality.

As portion of the centennial celebration, Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard will headline the new Social Justice Changemaker Lecture Series. Stories have the power to promote discussion, alter opinion and inspire men and women to action. Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard will share how to introduce new audiences to social justice via movie, tunes and artwork.

Spike Lee is an award-successful author, director, actor, producer and writer who revolutionized the purpose of Black expertise in cinema. Greatly regarded as a premiere filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the “do it yourself” school of unbiased movie. Lee received an honorary diploma from U-M in 2011.

Terence Blanchard is a jazz trumpeter, composer and tunes educator. He is a regular collaborator with Spike Lee. He is nominated for a 2021 Academy Award for the score from “Da five Bloods.” Blanchard holds an endowed chair with the Detroit Symphony.

“You get to a particular age when you request, ‘Who’s heading to stand up and speak out for us?’ Then you glance all over and realize that the James Baldwins, Muhammad Alis and Dr. Kings are no for a longer period listed here…and start out to understand that it falls on you. I’m not trying to say I’m listed here to consider to appropriate the entire issue, I’m just trying to speak the reality,” says Blanchard.

“Creating Social Change By means of Movie and Audio: Do the Proper Issue!” will take spot on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 4-five:30 PM, EDT. The lecture is free of charge and open to the general public. Sign up for us at ssw.umich.edu/r/spikelee

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The Social Justice Changemaker Lecture series delivers notable professionals and advocates from multiple disciplines — together with social sciences, science, humanities and the arts — to the College of Michigan to tackle urgent social justice issues. The lecture series was established by a generous reward from Neil and Annemarie Hawkins.

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