Columbia College Chicago

Center for Black Music Research

A Joint Statement from the Society of american archivists 
on the announced us intention to withdraw from unesco
The Council of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) has approved the following statement (excerpt below) on the recent announcement of U.S. intention to withdraw from UNESCO:

On October 12, 2017, the Trump Administration announced its intention towithdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and CulturalOrganization <> (UNESCO) in 2018 and seek toestablish a permanent observer mission to the organization. The Society ofAmerican Archivists (SAA) does not support the administration’s abandonment of an organization that is involved in important cultural work throughout the world. UNESCO’s mission is to “contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science, and culture. Its main concern is to foster and maintain intellectual solidarity.” We urge the Trump Administration to reverse this decision and make preservation of and access to cultural heritage a priority. Renewing U.S. membership in UNESCO provides significant symbolic value of the U.S.role as a world leader.
Our Mission

Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, the Center for Black Music Research is the only organization of its kind. It exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.

Today in Black Music History

November 23:
1954 Rageh Daoud (composer and teacher) born in Cairo, Egypt.
1987 Alton Augustus Adams (bandmaster, composer, music educator, and author) died in St. Thomas, V.I.

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NOVEMBER 22 at 7pm: Exploring Hispanophone Caribbean Traditions with Janet Harper & Kris Tori. History of "Bomba" music and dance from Puerto Rico; musical traditions around the Caribbean and their connections to Chicago Latina/o/x communities. Free, open to the public.

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Center for Black Music Research
Columbia College Chicago
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Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996

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