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February 24th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

2.24.23 Friday Forum - Dialogue between the Black and Jewish communities through music: Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice" at Holman UMC 

Event Description: By the time Dave Brubeck was commissioned to write a piece of music by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the bond formed by the Jewish and African American communities during the civil rights movement had weakened and was starting to break down in the wake of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Tuesday, February 28th, the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at UCLA in collaboration with Holman United Methodist Church will be presenting a concert in their Music and Justice series at Holeman UMC that features a performance of Dave Brubeck's The Gates of Justice. This powerful work of interfaith and intercultural unity and hope is a work that pulls from biblical and Hebrew liturgical texts, Martin Luther King’s speeches, African American spirituals and from the writings of the Jewish sage Hillel, and this Dave Brubeck composition with lyrics by Iola Brubeck still resonates today.

Please join us for a discussion on the Milken Center, the ongoing work of Holeman UMC, and the intersection of art and activism in the context of music and Black freedom.

“When King said, ‘We must live together as brothers,’ people didn’t hear it. Now they damn well hear it.”
— Dave Brubeck

Join the conversation with our speakers:

Rev. Dr. Ken Walden was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Saint George, South Carolina.  At an early age he served in leadership positions within various organizations such as the Junior Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Boy Scouts of America, and church congregations.  He is an ordained clergy-member of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Prior to being named Senior Pastor of Holman United Methodist Church, Dr. Walden served as the 16th President of Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mark Kligman is the Inaugural holder of the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where he is a Professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology. He specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music. Professor Kligman is the Director of the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience.

Jeff Janeczko is the Curator and Chief Operating Officer of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music and a Visiting Researcher with the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at UCLA. He holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he has taught courses on Jewish music and ethnomusicology.

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7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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Facilitator: Carolfrancis Likins
Reflector: Phil Way

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ICUJP Friday Forum 02/24/23
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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February 24, 2023 at 7:30am - 9:30am

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