For some time now, we've been trying to make our projects multi-media, highlighting visuals, audio, and linguistic ideas. Al Henderson, who I've long viewed as some kind of walking-talking-thinking musical encyclopedia, has been integral to our goals.
He produced the following track of music and prominent black women speakers to complement our "black @ siue" presentations yesterday. The production was an extension of what he'd produced for us back in the fall for the politically inspiring black women exhibit.
Press play, and you'll hear Angela Davis, Gwen Ifill, Mae Jemison, Julianne Malveaux, Ursula Burns, Michelle Obama, Donna Brazile, bell hooks, Soledad O'Brien, and Toni Morrison.
Note: Among other moments, the 7:52 mark of the audio clip when Michelle Obama is speaking really stands out. Her passionate words combined with Henderson's thoughtful selection of instrumental music are really something.