Spencer is sharing his presentation via video -- check it out! He also shared a few comments below.
The influence that African-Americans have had on American music has generally been greatly under-appreciated throughout history. Although sometimes it can be difficult to realize the origins of art and music, we must not forget that African-Americans played an integral part in setting the foundation of American music. It is apparent in today’s society that African-Americans are not heavily associated with many American music genres other than rap. Because of this disassociation many are quick to forget that African-Americans were the innovators of many types of music, and influential in even more. I decided to present the “Evolution of Black Music” to inform and remind that the influence of African-Americans spans across history and is not limited to the modern genres of rap and R&B they are so heavily associated with.
~ Spencer, MENtal Freedom