Willa Mae Buckner-1Music Maker Artist Willa Mae Buckner in her younger days – all that she taught us will not be forgotten

Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. For 20 years, Music Maker Relief Foundation has been working closely with over 300 of our nations finest African American folk musicians.  Our mission often takes us to communities in America that live behind a veil of poverty and obscurity. As Guitar Gabriel told me often. “When I was a young boy, you could get lynched for looking at a white women’s knee. We have come so far since then, but we have a long way to go.”

dr. burt gregg rothMusic Maker will celebrate this special month, with quotes and videos from our elders, reflecting on their experience. We are saddened by last year’s loss of Dr. Burt, a freedom fighter from Birmingham, Alabama who was a true believer in non violence. We hope to keep the memories of our Silent Strings with postings of their teachings.

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