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Summer of Soul: Celebrating Black History Through Music and Film

Summer of Soul: Celebrating Black History Through Music and Film
March 24, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Grade Level Grades 6-12


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Join Journeys in Film for this exciting panel discussion about teaching the critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated documentary Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Summer of Soul is a powerful, transporting film about the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969 featuring performances by Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more. Access free teaching materials

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Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

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Jamor Gaffney is an experienced consultant and organizational strategist with deep expertise advancing equity in K-12 education and the nonprofit industry. As a founding partner at For The Culture, an equity and culture shift consulting firm, she has turned her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into programs and offerings that seed transformation for her clients. Jamor previously lent her passion for DEI to the National Association of Independent Schools and Indian Creek School. She has also helped transform organizational culture and strategic partnerships at leading reproductive health, rights and justice organizations such as In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

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Educational Organization / Business Professional

Jen Fischer is a writer, film producer and teaching artist whose work focuses on highlighting shared human experiences to cultivate empathy and understanding. Her films have screened across the United States and abroad and have been featured by NBCLatino, ABC, Univision, Fusion, NBCBLK, Vice News, etc. with her film “THE wHOLE” premiering at Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary Human Rights Conference. Her educational and/or film writing has been featured by Edutopia, Video Librarian, Ms. Magazine, Parents Magazine and others. She is the Director of Programs and Outreach for Journeys In Film. She has developed curriculum for LA’s BEST, the Metta Center for Nonviolence and in conjunction with the Outreach Center for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, where she received her M.A. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and enjoys playing the piano and creating unique educational experiences for her two children



Summer of Soul SML 2022 Webinar Slides (2) (1) (002).pptx

March 24, 2022
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Celebrating Black History Resources.pdf

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March 24, 2022
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FIlm Glossary.pdf

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SUMMER OF SOUL | Official Teaser
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2 Reviews
Celebrating Black History
I plan to incorporate these resources into my ELA classroom as a way to diversify my students' learning. The presenters shared valuable resources with the attendees and explained how to use the films with our students. The webinar was engaging and informative.
Lois Weaver
March 25, 2022
Very interesting and easy to use content for the classroom
March 24, 2022