Disrupting Racism Through the Lens of the Arts

Virtual/Online Event

7250 Mesa College Dr
San Diego, CA 92111

Disrupting Racism Through the Lens of the Arts

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm


This virtual presentation will take students, faculty and staff on an historical journey illuminating how art has been used to confront racism in America. Dr. Ron McCurdy, of USC, will share musical excerpts demonstrating the dual purpose of the Negro spiritual and how it was used to praise God while revolting against slavery. He will also examine Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come, and Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On to name a few. The event will demonstrate how the arts help define the struggle for Black freedom and equality. Hosted by Professor Paula Johnson.


Thursday, 24 February, 2022


Dr. Thekima Mayasa