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Encounters: Origins of Hip Hop
Thursday, February 18, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
When was the first time you got down on the dance floor, sprayed paint on an outdoor wall, or listened to rap on the radio? Maybe hip hop has never really been part of your life. Hip Hop is a global arts movement that was started by Black and Puerto Rican youth in the early 1970s in the South Bronx as a response to the criminalization of youth, the lack of quality education supports, and the burning down of dilapidated housing neglected by property owners and the New York City government. These young people took their situation and flipped it into dance, visual arts, and music, which they shared at community block parties to tell their stories and express their realities. Join us to explore the origins of hip hop culture through short readings, small-group dialogue, and engagement with cultural specialists.
For Hartford hip hop history materials, check out the Hartford History Center’s collection & exhibit:
Hartford Hip Hop online exhibit: https://hplct.libguides.com/hhcexhibits/hartfordhiphop
Hartford Hip Hop Collection on the CT Digital Archive: https://ctdigitalarchive.org/islandora/search?type=edismax&cp=50002%3AAdminJME02&islandora_solr_search_navigation=0&f%5B0%5D=RELS_EXT_isMemberOfCollection_uri_ms%3A%22info%5C%3Afedora%5C/50002%5C%3AHipHop%22