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We are proud to present a three-part Speaker Series at this year's Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival.
Rev. Sekou and Rev. Mariama White Hammond will share their experiences and perspective on working for social and climate justice, highlighting the connection between arts, faith, and activism. Also present will be leaders of Springfield’s Climate Justice Initiative who will share the experience of Springfield residents and discuss efforts being made to move Springfield forward in addressing socio-economic and health disparities, while also addressing the issue of climate change.
Rev. Sekou’s music reflects the African American roots of American music through soul, funk, and gospel music. He delivers a rousing, spiritually moving, and politically charged performance that has been referred to as “one-part protest rally, one-part Pentecostal tent revival, and one-part late-night juke joint”. He speaks to these issues through the written and spoken word, as well as through music.
Reverend Mariama White-Hammond from the New Roots African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, and newly appointed Chief of Energy, Environment and Open Spaces for the City of Boston, is an activist and advocate for ecological and social justice, youth engagement, and Spirit-filled organizing. As former director of Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past- History, Organizing, and Power), she used the arts as a tool to raise awareness for social issues from juvenile incarceration to funding for public transportation. She has received numerous awards including the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, The Roxbury Founders Day Award, and the Boston NAACP Image award.
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