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
Leimert Park lit up the night of February 23, 2017, at the exhibition opening of BlackMusic, BlackWork.
Presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, UCLA Labor Center, the exhibit shares the dynamic history of organizing in the arts spans the founding of the Black musicians union Local 767 in the 1920s to the contemporary struggles of working musicians who understand the transformative power of art and culture.
Special guests speakers included AFM Local 47 President John Acosta, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, LA County Federation of Labor Rusty Hicks, Los Angeles Black Worker Center Co-founder Lola Smallwood Cuevas and member Andrene Scott, and Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley, Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA. Black Worker Center member Patsy Howard served as MC. Continue reading
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.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 6-9 p.m.
California Jazz and Blues Museum
4317 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008
– 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
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
BlackMusic, BlackWork exhibit to celebrate the rich legacy of Los Angeles Local 767
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The richness of Los Angeles comprises stories that move the mind, soul, and conviction. One of these stories is the unsung bravery and artistry of early Central Avenue musicians whose work transformed L.A.’s music industry forever.
BlackMusic, BlackWork, an upcoming historical exhibit of the Los Angeles Black musicians union Local 767, aims to share dynamic history of organizing in the arts that spans the founding of the city’s Black musicians union in the 1920s to the contemporary struggles of working musicians who understand the transformative power of art and culture.
In a major kickoff event to raise funds for this historic exhibition set to debut in February 2017 during Black History Month, AFM Local 47, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, UCLA Labor Center, and the City of Los Angeles hosted the Jam Session for Justice in the Arts Fundraiser at the Vision Theatre in Liemert Park on July 21.
BlackMusic, BlackWork is a dynamic history of organizing in the arts that spans the founding of the Black musicians union Local 767 in the 1920s to the contemporary struggles of working musicians who understand the transformative power of art and culture.
Your tax-deductible donation will help us raise our goal of $40,000 in proceeds to be used to present this powerful exhibit on music and labor for Black History Month in February 2017.
Donors at the $5,000 level will receive 2 box seat tickets to the Hollywood Bowl!
FREE ADMISSION. RSVP @ jamsessiononjustice.eventbrite.com