Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies

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FARAH JASMINE GRIFFIN
When Malindy Sings:
A Meditation on Black Women's Vocality
Picture the following:
1. Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.
2. Whitney Houston singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl in 1992 during the Gulf War.
3. Aretha Franklin singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the 1992 Democratic National Convention.
4. Santita Jackson singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at inaugural events for William Jefferson Clinton, January 20, 1997.
5. The anonymous black woman who sang at the first public memorial for the victims of the Oklahoma bombing.
6. Jessye Norman singing at an event at New York University Law School's Tishman Auditorium in support of Clinton before his impeachment, December 14, 1998. (Toni Morrison speaking at the same event.)
7. The anonymous black woman singing "Amazing Grace" immediately following the Littleton, Colorado shootings or the Texas church shootings.
8. Chaka Khan singing at the close of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, August 2000.
9. Related but distinct: Mahalia Jackson at the 1963 March on Washington. 10. Related but Distinct: Fannie Lou Hamer at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.

I say picture because these images and our memories of them are as much about the

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