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[NEW] B.L.M. (Black Liberation Music)


Aminah Fernandes Pilgrim teaches African-American Women’s History and Hip Hop History & Context in the College of Liberal Arts at Berklee. A scholar and community organizer with a PhD in US history, her areas of research include late 19th and 20th century African-American history, African-American women’s history, African Diaspora studies, Cabo Verdean studies, education research and critical hip hop studies. Her community organizing and advocacy focuses on children, youth/gang violence, the school to prison pipeline, immigrant transitions and women’s empowerment. She is an advocate of teaching using civic engagement and has empowered many students to make a difference in this field. 

Aminah is the founder of the HIPHOP Initiative (est. 2004), a critical hip hop studies collective. She is the co-founder of PODEROZA: International Conference on Cabo Verdean Women, and the co-founder of SABURA Youth Program Inc. She is a frequent speaker and consultant on African Diaspora studies, and matters of Equity and Social Justice in local school districts in the region.


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The role of music in the fight for human rights across the African Diaspora has been well documented. Together, we will explore what historian Vincent Harding called "the river of Black protest" that winds throughout U.S. and world history, highlighting iconic artists and the movements they represent. Participants will explore the legacy of these artists and the tradition of liberation music that continues to this day.