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Exhibit Highlights African-American Music Contributions

Bloomington is the first stop for a traveling exhibit focusing on how African-Americans have influenced popular music.

Bloomington is the first stop for a traveling exhibit focusing on how African-Americans have influenced popular music.  A grant received from a Lilly Endowment, funds the “Rock, Rhythm & Soul” traveling exhibit, which focuses on genres of music including hip-hop, rhythm and blues, and funk.

“The African American musical tradition has influenced, and made so many rich musical genres possible,” , City of Bloomington Assistant Economic Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen said. Michaelsen says she feels the exhibit is historical, cultural and informative, but also visually interesting and exciting.

Beverly Calender-Anderson, the city’s Safe and Civil City Director, City of Bloomington says it’s a perfect segue into February’s Black History, as well as tying into the celebration of Martin Luther King Day and the Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.

The exhibit leaves Bloomington on January 26th and heads to Indianapolis.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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