American History – Black Heritage – Confronting Racism – Diversity – Music History – Diversity – Social Justice – Social Movement Organizing
This presentation explores the effect that music, particularly Blues, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul Music had on integration in the United States. Throughout the Civil Rights Movement, music played a significant role in bringing many people together in a common cause. As former UN Ambassador and Civil Rights activist, Andrew Young, stated, “You could say that music played a bigger part in the Movement than the courts.”
Steve Buckingham explores this subject through archival films, interviews, a Power Point presentation and extensive use of music. Steve calls upon many decades of experience in the music industry to deliver this message.
As a producer, Steve Buckingham, is a four-time Grammy winner with 27 number one singles to his credit. He has been awarded 11 Platinum and 19 Gold albums. He began his career as a studio guitarist playing on recordings in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Muscle Shoals, Alabama and other cities. The special relationship that he develops with artists, musicians and songwriters has yielded Top Ten singles on eleven different charts: Pop, Country, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Adult Contemporary, Americana, Bluegrass, Christian, Hispanic, Triple A and Dance. All Music Guide lists over 350 albums to his credit as a producer. For ten years Steve was the Vice-president of A&R and staff producer for Columbia/SONY Records. He served for eleven years as Senior Vice-president of A&R and producer for Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records. In addition Steve is a musical historian. He created the college course: RHYTHM AND BLUES TORE DOWN THE WALLS OF SEGREGATION. He taught this course for ten years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.