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Marl Young: The groundbreaking legacy of a civil rights leader

Rhythm Club President, Marl – pictured with Musicians’ Club Secretary Maury Paul (left), NAACP Secretary Lester Bailey (standing, center) and Rhythm Club Secretary Estelle Edson (right) – signs the final document transferring Local 767 Rhythm Club assets to the Local 47 Musicians’ Club of Los Angeles in March of 1953, marking the final step in the amalgamation of the two Locals. (Photo: AFM Local 47 Overture archives)

Throughout his esteemed career, Marl Young was known for breaking ground. A civil rights leader within the American Federation of Musicians, he was instrumental in the historic merger of the former all-black Local 767 and all-white Local 47 in the 1950s, which set the precedent for desegregation within the entire musicians union of the United States and Canada. In 1970 he became the first black music director of a major network television series, “Here’s Lucy.” Young served as a longtime director of the Los Angeles musicians union and remained an activist until his retirement in January 2009. He died on April 29, 2009, at age 92. Continue reading

February 2018 Overture Online: Jazz in Schools Turns 30

Overture Online
FEBRUARY 2018

Jazz in Schools Turns 30
Black History Month program enters third decade of enriching lives through music


#listenLA: Awards Season 2018
Los Angeles musicians win big in the 60th annual Grammy Awards; Oscar noms are in!

Black History Month
Exploring the vital role of music in black history

California Jazz Foundation to Honor Local Jazz Heroes
Save the date to celebrate two of our own: Dr. Bobby Rodriguez and the late Buddy Collette

and more!

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BlackMusic, BlackWork Exhibit Showcases Historic Black Los Angeles Musicians Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (download pdf)

WHAT:  Opening night of BlackMusic, BlackWork, a historical exhibition showcasing the African-American musicians union Local 767 of Los Angeles of the 1920s through 1950s.

WHEN:
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE:
California Jazz and Blues Museum
4317 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008

WHO:

–  John Acosta, President, American Federation of Musicians Local 47

–  Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Co-Founder, Los Angeles Black Worker Center

–  Albert Lord, Deputy – South East, Council District 10 (Herb Wesson)

–  Deputy, Council District 8 (Marqueece Harris-Dawson)

–  Musicians and family members of historical Local 767

–  Live musical performances by Barbara Morrison & the Nedra Wheeler Trio
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Tickets on sale now for BlackMusic, BlackWork exhibit opening Feb 23

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Join us Feb 23 for the BlackMusic, BlackWork historical Black musicians union 767 exhibit opening

On the evening of February 23, please join us for the launch of BlackMusic, BlackWork, a historical exhibition that explores the unsung bravery and artistry of Black working musicians of Central Avenue in Los Angeles whose work transformed L.A.’s music industry forever.

Developed by AFM Local 47, Los Angeles Black Worker Center, and UCLA Labor Center and History Department, the exhibition opening event takes place at the new California Jazz and Blues Museum, opened by acclaimed jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison. Continue reading

February 2017 Overture Online: Black History Month

Black History Month

How the roots of our past continue to shape us today


Women’s Marches Celebrate Diversity
Millions around the world join in solidarity at Presidential Inauguration rallies around the world

BlackMusic, BlackWork – Opens February 23
New historical exhibition explores the legacy of the Black Los Angeles musicians union Local 767

Los Angeles Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
Thousands turn out for annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Kingdom Day Parade

Jazz Goes to School
LAUSD students learn about the roots of America’s original art form throughout Black History Month

and more!

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This #GivingTuesday donate to the historical BlackMusic, BlackWork exhibition coming February 2017

 

This #GivingTuesday help make the historical Black Musicians Union Local 767 exhibition a reality. Watch our short video about bringing into fruition the BlackMusic, BlackWork Exhibit so current, and future generations can know and be inspired by American music, work and unification. Continue reading

February 2016 Overture Online: Black History Month

Overture Online
February 2016

Cover Story:
Black History Month


Remembering Our Union’s Path to Integration



Also in this issue:

Members Vote YES!
Membership approves the sale of the Vine Street headquarters property; AFM Local 47 looks toward a bright future

Jazz Goes to School During Black History Month
LA Jazz Society and Local 47 musicians bring America’s music to elementary schoolchildren

LA Labor Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Local 47 joins labor leaders from throughout the Southland at annual breakfast

Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Resource Fair
Brought to you by the Board of Equalization

and more!

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Overture Online is optimized for reading via smartphone or tablet. For those without access to a smart device, this issue may be viewed on a web browser (must have flash enabled). Local 47 members may download archived pdf versions from the members section at afm47.org.