Our Earnest Struggle:Frederick's Violin 
Series: Title: Sub-title:
Our Earnest Struggle  Frederick's Violin  Music, Blackface, and Cultural Appropriation 
Producer: Program type: Broadcast Restrictions:
Darien Lamen  Specials  For non-profit use only. 
Summary: Featured speakers/guests:
This episode searches the historical record for traces of Frederick Douglass the Musician. How did he learn to play the violin while still a fugitive? Why would popular songs associated with blackface minstrelsy have been among his favorites?

We talk with Jennie Lightweis-Goff, an Instructor at the University of Mississippi, about Douglass and the long history of cultural appropriation, from Stephen Foster to Miley Cyrus.

And we talk with Paul Burgett, a violinist and professor at the Eastman School of Music, about the role of the violin as an instrument of social mobility. He shares his experience of racial profiling in segregated St. Louis, and talks about his own path to the Vice Presidency of the University of Rochester. 
Paul Burgett, Jennie Lightweis-Goff 
Notes: Credits:
A show dedicated to celebrating the life of Frederick Douglass in the bicentennial year of his birth, as well as to engaging activists, artists, and scholars in critical conversation about his relevance today  Produced by Darien Lamen for Rochester Community Media Center 
History | Music | United States | Racism | African-American  
Version 1:   
Total Length (HH:MM:SS)
Transcript, Announcer Script Location Recorded Release Date Language
View Script  Rochester, NY  04-14-2018  English 
Segment Length
File Info
ourearneststruggle  192Kbps mp3 (73.12MB) Mono 


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