Song For Our People Film Screening

Friday, February 8th, 2019

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6:00 PM  |  Reception & Activated Tour

7:00 PM  |  Film Screening

8:00 PM  |  Post-Screening Discussion with Mustapha Khan and Artists & Musicians from the Film


Donations to support Duke Ellington School of the Arts suggested


A group of activist-musicians and artists convene one day in a recording studio in Brooklyn to create a new anthem to honor their ancestors who lived their lives enslaved. An intimate look inside the magic of collaborative musical creation, and inside the soul of a new kind of Black consciousness movement emerging in America today.

Mustapha Khan is an Emmy Award-winning American director of inspiring narrative, documentary and television films.


Song For Our People...because the revolution will need a soundtrack.


This event is presented as a part of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative. Founded by Ellington alumnus Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. 


@35th&R is a dynamic and interactive series designed to engage the community around important topics related to the influence of the arts on the contemporary landscape. Designed to evoke and sustain important conversations about the arts, education, and culture, all proceeds of @35th&R events support the programming and initiatives of Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  


Our proud sponsors for this event include:

The Ellington Fund

Harvard Club of Washington

Gustavo Bessalel & Amena Ali

Kevin Avery & Bryonie Byers

Ari Fitzgerald & Maria Carmona

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