Abbey Lincoln (8.23.15)

Abbey Lincoln was an American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress, who is known for adding a poignant voice to the conversation surrounding the civil rights movement during the 1960s in America. She was a controversial and often marginalized figure, especially following her work on, We Insist, which she, and drummer Max Roach produced in response to the exploitation and oppression of black Americans.

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, encourages us to find our voice through the music of Abbey Lincoln. To understand that it matters, to speak out, to break the silence around injustice. Acknowledging that ultimately, in order to heal, one must name the affliction and fully know the illness.

Rebecca McInroy