Encounter 2: Aspirations of 1967



Thursday, July 13, 2017 6:30PM

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<p> Encounter 2: Aspirations of 1967</p>
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This second encounter in the Psychedelic Soul series examines the explosion of activity - cultural, social, and political - that took place in this historical moment in 1967. The many social strands of society that were being transformed and confronted could be thought of as a singular force of its own, a wave of consciousness and a sense that people collectively were creating something entirely new. The series “Psychedelic Soul” is presented by the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and the California Historical Society.

Panel includes:

Avotcja Jiltonilro: The award winning poet and multi-instrumentalist, writer, teacher and radio host Avotcja Jiltonilro has been engaging in the music and culture of the African Diaspora since the 1960s. Avotcja and her band Modupue have opened for the likes of Betty Carter, John Handy, Susanna Baca, Rashsaan Roland Kirk, Bobi and Luis Cespedes, Michael Franti and many others. Avotcja is a proud member of DAMO (Disability Advocates Of Minorities Organization), and PEN Oakland, California Poets In The Schools. The Berkeley City Council proclaimed May 10th 2014 as Avotcja Jiltonilro Day. Her band was twice named Bay Blues Society Hall Of Fame Jazz Group Of The Year (2005 & 2010). She continues to perform and host radio shows on KPOO and KPFA radio.

SUGAR PIE DeSANTO is an Afro-Filipino Award winning Rhythm-&-Blues Singer/Composer, whose career has flourished since the 1950s. She was born to an African-American mother, who was a concert pianist, and a Filipino father. She spent most of her early life in San Francisco, California, where she moved with her family at the age of four. She' a 4 feet 11 inch powerhouse. As a girl she was friends with Etta James. Johnny Otis discovered DeSanto in 1955, and she toured with the Johnny Otis Revue. Otis gave her the stage name Sugar Pie. In 1959 and 1960, she toured with the James Brown Revue. In 1960, DeSanto rose to national prominence when her single "I Want to Know" reached number four on Billboard's Hot R&B chart. Soon thereafter, she moved to Chicago and signed with Chess Records in 1962 as a recording artist and writer. DeSanto was given a Bay Area Music Award in 1999 for best female blues singer. In September 2008, she was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Goldie Awards in November 2009.

Archbishop F.W. (Franzo Wayne) King (Co-founder of the St. John Coltrane Church) Archbishop King is the leader of the Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church, which has been combining music and spirituality in San Francisco since 1967. First organized after the ascension of master jazz saxophonist Coltrane in 1967, the group established itself as a place of worship, first called the Yardbird Temple, then the One Mind Temple Evolutionary Transitional Body of Christ, and finally, the Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church, where it has continued to evolve as a religious, cultural, and political force in the community. We are honored to have Archbishop King on our panel.

Moderated by Rickey Vincent, Author of Party Music and lecturer at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts. Learn more about Rickey Vincent on his website

MoAD Members: Remember to use the Promo Code Psychedelic Soul at check out. When you on the Check Out page you will see the Promo Code box at the top right corner. Type in the code, press submit, and see your updated pricing!

About the series:

Psychedelic Soul will engage with the community over three encounters. These panel discussions examine the scope and breadth of the influence of the Summer of Love on the African American community.

The third event in the series, Encounter 3: Outcomes, will be held August 10 at 6:30PM at the Museum of African Diaspora on 680 Mission Street. To RSVP Go Here (Link to be added later)

CHS and MoAD believe in the radical reframing of the Summer of Love to ensure that it encompasses the multitude of voices involved and inherent movements that shaped it. Some are well known, others are not. Our duty is to all histories and to ensure a deep, critical examination of the Summer of Love.


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