Freedom Singing at the March on Washington with Tammy L. Kernodle

Season 2, Episode 6

Though often overlooked in mainstream histories, the voices of Black women were central to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963. And those voices included some of the greatest musicians of the time: Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Camilla Williams. These women, and the political significance of the spirituals they sang, are the subject of this week’s episode: a conversation with the musicologist Tammy L. Kernodle about the wide-ranging role of music, and the fractious political coalitions it represented, at the 1963 March on Washington.

Tammy L. Kernodle is Professor of Musicology at Miami University in Ohio.

If you’re interested in learning more about Professor Kernodle’s work, you can check out:

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A written transcript of this episode is available here; many thanks to Andrew Dell’Antonio for volunteering to prepare transcripts for the show!