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Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace: From Watts to Detroit

March 24 - March 25

“Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace: From Watts to Detroit”

Sunday, March 24th, 2019 | 4:30pm-7:30pm

Screening of “Amazing Grace” and Discussion

Monday, March 25th, 2019 | 10:00am-4:30pm

Discussions, Music & Celebration

Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace: From Watts to Detroit is a two-day event held on the Queen of Soul’s 77th birthday. The event will reflect on the influence and impact of Aretha Franklin’s groundbreaking gospel album, “Amazing Grace,” recorded in Los Angeles with the late Reverend James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir in 1972. This event will not only look at this historic recording but also celebrate the legacy and genius that is Ms. Aretha Franklin. We bring together world-renowned scholars, artists, and community members to acknowledge Aretha Franklin’s global impact, featuring one-of-a-kind discussions, presentations, and a celebratory reception.


Sunday, March 24th, 2019 | 4:30pm-7:30pm at the California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium

4:30pm-5:00pm | Welcome

Scott L. Waugh, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Commissioner Mike Davis, Board of Public Works Commission President Pro-Tem

5:00pm-6:30pm | Screening of “Amazing Grace”

6:30pm-7:30pm | “Amazing Grace” Discussion

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Columbia Law School and UCLA Law School

Lynnée Denise, DJ Scholar

Salamishah Tillet, Rutgers University- Newark

Scot Brown, UCLA

Monday, March 25th, 2019 | 10:00am-4:30pm at the California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium

10:00am-10:15am | Welcome

Darnell M. Hunt, UCLA Dean of Social Sciences

David Schaberg, UCLA Dean of Humanities

Lynnée Denise & Marcus Anthony Hunter

10:15am-11:15am | Opening Keynote

Ed Pavlic, University of Georgia

11:15am-12:30pm | How Sweet the Sound: Blues Ministry & Black Power

Moderator: Wade Dean, UCLA

Ashon T. Crawley, University of Virginia

Fredara Hadley, Oberlin College & Conservatory

Shana Redmond, UCLA

Zandria F. Robinson, Georgetown University

12:30pm-1:15pm | Lunch & Music by DJ Tracy Adams

1:15pm-1:20pm | Remarks by Kyle T. Mays, UCLA

1:20pm-2:30pm | The Soul Print: Music, Place, & Albums

Moderator: Dominique Rocker, UCLA

Emily J. Lordi, UMass Amherst

Lynnée Denise, DJ Scholar

Marcus Anthony Hunter, UCLA

Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University

2:30pm-2:40pm | Remarks

Jessica Care Moore, Poet, Activist & Producer

Oliver Wang, Cal State Long Beach

2:40pm-3:40pm | Closing Keynote

Jessica Care Moore, Poet, Activist & Producer

Joi Gilliam, Singer & Songwriter

3:45pm-4:30pm | Closing Reception


Important Notice:

This event is oversold. Please keep in mind that your RSVP does not guarantee you a seat; seating is first-come, first-served for those that RSVP’d. 

If you can’t make it to the event on Monday, March 25th, you’re still in luck – we will be Live-Streaming the event all-day on the Department of African American Studies YouTube channel.

The link is below: 




Parking will be available in Structure 8 for $12.00 (all day) by Pay-By-Space.

There will also be limited parking available in Structure 9 for $12 (all day) only through the PARKMOBILE app. 

For more information on parking, https://transportation.ucla.edu/campus-parking/visitors



Please note that tripods, monopods, food and beverages are not allowed inside the auditorium.

Please email triciapark@afam.ucla.edu for any questions/concerns.


March 24
March 25


California NanoSystems Institute