”Dinner on the Grounds” explores African-American and Appalachian music

On April 20, Dr. Kathy Bullock, professor of music at Berea, will present “African and African-American Musical Connections in Appalachia” during the Appalachian center’s “Dinner on the Grounds.” Her talk will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Appalachian center gallery in the Bruce Building where a light lunch will be served.

Bullock’s presentation begins with a focus on the African musical heritage before revealing the origins of African-American folk songs, spirituals, work songs and blues and their substantial influence on Appalachian culture. Through stories and songs, she invites the audience to explore and participate in the musical experiences shared by African-American and Appalachian cultures.

Bullock has been a professor of music at Berea College for 20 years. She is a member of The American Spiritual Ensemble, and performs and lectures on African and African-American music and culture.

For more information contact Chad Berry, director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, at 859-985-3727. View other Berea College events at http://community.berea.edu/calendar.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.