Past. Present. Forward. is a groundbreaking truth and reconciliation initiative that will launch with The Black Legacy Project, an innovative musical collaboration that celebrates Black history and builds solidarity to advance racial justice, equity, and equality. The Black LP is composed of songs that reflect significant eras of the Black American experience, recorded by Black and white artists. The heart of this project is to celebrate legacy, honor the fallen, and advance racial justice, equity, and inclusion.
The Black LP is a national project produced in partnership with community stakeholders at the local level. The Black Legacy Project seeks to align with existing projects, organizations, and initiatives in the local communities it travels to with the common goal of advancing racial justice, equity, and inclusion in the community and beyond.
The Black LP integrates Round Table discussions among diverse backgrounds and identities of Black and white Americans from across generations to revisit, analyze, and discuss songs central to the Black American experience. From these conversations, artists reimagine and record modern-day interpretations of the songs as well as compose originals addressing the pressing issues and calls for change of our time.
The Black Legacy Project is produced by Music in Common under the artistic direction of MIC Fellows, Olivia Davis and Trey Carlisle, MIC Program Director, Marisa Massery, and Music in Common executive director, Todd Mack - all seasoned musicians and producers with extensive peace-building training..
Artists interested in recording on the album can audition online here and anyone interested in participating in the round table discussions can apply here..