Join the Center for Academic and Global Engagement and the Center for Diversity and Community as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16, 2017. Watch for updates of the activities and events.
Arthur C. Jones, Ph.D., will present the keynote address on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in Old Main's Farber Hall.
Jones will be focusing on the "Legacy of the Spirituals in the resiliency of the struggle for freedom." He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa in 1974; he currently works as a full-time faculty in the Department of Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Theory with the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
In 1998 Jones founded The Spirituals Project, a nonprofit organization with a mission of preserving and revitalizing the music and social justice teachings of the spirituals. These sacred songs were first created and sung by enslaved African Americans. His book Wade in the Water: The Wisdom of the Spirituals, first published in 1993 and now in its third edition, was the recipient of a First Book Award by the Catholic Press Association of America. In 2001 he published, with his brother and colleague Ferdinand Jones, a co-edited volume entitled The Triumph of the Soul: Cultural and Psychological Aspects of African American Music.
In addition to singing in the multi-ethnic, multi-generational Spirituals Project Choir, Jones presented solo workshop and concert programs on spirituals throughout the United States, raising public awareness of the continued relevance of the spirituals tradition in forging personal healing, community bonding, racial reconciliation and progressive social change. The Spirituals Project was awarded the Denver Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2010.