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NMAAM hosts Sounds of Social Justice with NFL players, musicians

(From L to R): Derrick Morgan, Dr. Dina Bennett, H. Beecher Hicks III, Michael Eric Dyson, Catherine Brewton and Malcolm Jenkins at the Sounds of Social Justice event. Photo Credit: 353 Media/NMAAM

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) hosted Sounds of Social Justice, a fundraising event focused on the intersection of music, athletes and activism, on Wednesday, April 24, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

The event featured a panel discussion moderated by Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University professor, activist, media personality and renowned author. Panelists included Malcolm Jenkins, two-time Super Bowl champion, three-time Pro Bowl safety (Philadelphia Eagles) and co-founder of Players Coalition; Derrick Morgan, nine-year linebacker with the Tennessee Titans; Catherine Brewton, vice president, writer/public relations at BMI; and Dr. Dina Bennett, curatorial director at NMAAM.

A live auction and concert followed the panel, with an appearance by India.Arie, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and national chair of NMAAM.

All proceeds from the event went to benefit NMAAM, set to open in early 2020 in Nashville.

Panelists discuss the roles of music and athletes in social justice movements at the Sounds of Social Justice event. Photo Credit: 353 Media/NMAAM
Michael Eric Dyson, Malcolm Jenkins, Catherine Brewton and Derrick Morgan take part in a panel discussion at the Sounds of Social Justice event. Photo Credit: 353 Media/NMAAM
Local R&B trio The Shindellas perform at the Sounds of Social Justice event. Photo Credit: 353 Media/NMAAM
India.Arie, national chair for the National Museum of African American Music, at the Sounds of Social Justice event. Photo Credit: 353 Media/NMAAM

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