The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame continues to celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month with new archival content from its Vault, a Juneteenth playlist, and, now, a new social justice exhibit opening in mid-July.
The Rock Hall’s new exhibit, “It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope, and Empowerment” spotlights how musical artists have channeled the power of rock & roll to respond to racism all along. It showcases artists and musical moments that have rocked the world with expression of rage, hope and empowerment through artifacts and captured through the lenses of influential African American photographers Bruce Talamon, Howard Bingham, Bob Douglas, Chuck Stewart, and others.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Chuck Berry, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Little Richard, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin were trailblazers in speaking for the cause of dignity and equality. But it didn’t end there. In every generation, artists have elevated the conversation about race, equality, justice and peace – including Public Enemy, N.W.A., Tupac Shakur, Janelle Monae, Rage Against the Machine, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, and Beyoncé. Visit the Rock Hall to take a journey through rock & roll’s past and present to learn more. The exhibit will be located at the entrance to the Ahmet Ertegun main exhibit hall.
In celebration of Juneteenth, the Rock Hall has put together a “Juneteenth: Songs of Freedom, Voices of Change” playlist that can be heard inside the museum, on its Rock Boxes throughout downtown Cleveland, and on its Spotify channel.
The Rock Hall continues to unveil digital content from its Vault as part of its African American Music Appreciation Month celebration. This week, you’ll find a catalog of unforgettable performances and moments from funk and R&B greats at rockhall.com and Rock Hall’s YouTube channel.