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CMN Presents Uncle Devin's Racism in Children's Music

  • 16 Mar 2022
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom


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This 60 minute workshop explores the history of racism in children’s music in the United States and abroad; how popular nursery rhymes continue to be used to reinforce inferiority complexes in children; and the cultural appropriation of African music in popular children’s movies.  The workshop will be followed by a 30 minute Question & Answer period.

Viewed within the historical context of chattel-slavery and settler-colonialism, this workshop includes videos of cartoons, songs, images, and provides extensive references for follow-up study.  During the workshop we will discuss the role of negro spirituals as a tool for resistance by enslaved Africans and provide practical solutions and resources to help librarians, parents, teachers, and guardians take back control of their children’s music listening experience.

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Devin Walker has a 25-year career distinguished by commended performance and proven results as a Senior Equal Opportunity Professional and as a national and international leader in the family music industry.  He has designed successful training programs in Equal Opportunity and Diversity Training, Discrimination in the Workplace Training, and Alternative Dispute Resolution for over 15 Federal government agencies, including Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Park Service, U.S. Government Printing Office, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice, along with conducting hundreds of investigations of workplace discrimination complaints for both the public and private sectors.

Uncle Devin’s passion for equity has led him to become a national leader in the family music industry and an award-winning drummer and percussionist.  Known as “The Children’s Drumcussionist,” Uncle Devin is the owner of The Uncle Devin Show, an interactive musical experience for children that uses percussion instruments to cultivate their minds - a dynamic cross between DC's Trouble Funk and Schoolhouse Rock.  He is also the owner, a 24/7 online children’s radio program.  Uncle Devin is also a former radio talk show host for Radio One, WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, DC, and KBOO 90.7 in Portland, OR.

The training you are receiving today, “Racism in Children’s Music,” has led Uncle Devin to becoming a proven resource for teachers and other children’s educators from around the world, including China, Australia, and the Netherlands, who have sought his advice on the musical content for their children and institutions.

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