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Thursday, February 5th, 2009

ANTI- RECORDS ARTISTS REFLECT ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Today, href="http://www.antilabelblog.com" target="_blank">ANTI- Record's blog posted a wonderful piece written by Booker T. Jones, reflecting on the meaning of Black History Month in this historic year. With a long history of living outside racial boundaries - Booker T. and the MGs had both black and white members at a time when much of the country was integrating only under the protection of the National Guard - Booker T.'s was the perfect voice to bring attention to Black History Month on the Anti blog.

For the month of February, the Anti blog will feature weekly musing on being black in America in 2009 written by ANTI- Records' African American recording artists in honor of Black History Month. Bettye LaVette writes about this momentous Presidency, Mavis Staples ponders the power of music to both heal and communicate and Solillaquists of Sound's Swamburger talks of his experiences as a black male, a black artist.

In his piece, Booker T. writes: "In September '08, weeks before the election, while walking in Washington DC with my wife Nan, I was struck with an awareness I had never had before. It was as though I knew, with an unreal sense of certainty, of a real estate transaction that was about to transpire. And I was walking on that very piece of real estate. We were walking from the Lincoln Memorial towards the Capitol Building on the Mall... on this same soil, I was walking, and remembering hymns written by Mrs. Lucy Campbell, and sung by the likes of Mahalia Jackson and Martin Luther King, that said this too shall pass. I, a black male, was walking un-accosted, with my wife, who has white skin. And so, I knew, true to the dreams and instructions of the white men who wrote that inspired document that got us started, anything was possible."

Read the rest of Booker T.'s insightful and hopeful essay and check back weekly for new entries at the href="http://www.antilabelblog.com" target="_blank">ANTI- label blog.

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