My events are based on a mix of call-and-response group singing and discussion. I examine the specific contexts in which African American prison worksongs, sea chanteys and spirituals were sung so that participants come away with a better understanding of racial injustice throughout southern history. The structures of all the songs covered are simple enough for attendees to learn on the fly, regardless of prior musical experience. By singing together, participants become comfortable enough to engage in an honest discussion of racial discrimination, both past and present.
Past workshop locations include: The Galloway School, Atlanta GA; Frolona Farm, Franklin GA; Sheepscot General, Whitefield ME; Williams College; Full Plate Farm Collective, Ithaca NY; Common Ground Farm, Beacon NY; Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, Williamstown MA; SUNY New Paltz; and Billings Forge Community Works, Hartford CT.