ARCHIVES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC AND CULTURE
IU Archives of African American Music and Culture partners with Google Cultural Institute to Celebrate Black History Month
February 1, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University brings “The Golden Age of Black Radio” online with the Google Cultural Institute.
In recognition of Black History Month, the Google Cultural Institute is providing a unique virtual experience to better explore and pay tribute to Black history. The new Black History and Culture section of GCI brings together unique collections from archives for anyone to access, not only during Black History Month, but throughout the year. Indiana University’s Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) joins 50 other partner organizations in this endeavor, offering new online exhibits that explore Black history and culture using interactive and innovative methods.
Starting today, the AAAMC’s four-part exhibition celebrating “The Golden Age of Black Radio” can be viewed online by people around the world. The story of Black radio is told through over 100 historic photographs from the AAAMC’s collections, as well as audio and video clips of interviews with Black radio pioneers. Many of these materials are available to the public for the first time.
IU Professor Emeritus Dr. Portia K. Maultsby, who initiated the Black radio collections at the AAAMC, said of the importance of this exhibit: “Black radio deejays changed the sound of radio in America. They introduced the public to a distinct Black style of on-air talk that was a combination of the Black oral tradition of storytelling, speaking in rhythm and rhyme, and speaking in an improvised style with an animated delivery. They were also instrumental in exposing Black music and recording artists to a mainstream audience, and advocating for civil rights.”
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