Friday, March 28, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

WH42 Women of Soul Workshop at The White House

The First Lady welcomed 124 middle school, high school and college students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop: “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul.” in the State Dining Room, Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles,l gave participating students an overview of the origins of soul music, inform them of important artists, discuss the social climate of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s as it pertains to women’s rights and dissect the elements of soul that helped contribute to the genre’s unique sounds. Featured performers from the evening event, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, and Patti Labelle shared their experiences as well as answer student questions about the music and entertainment world. Students from 11 schools or programs from the following communities participated: Cleveland, MS; Eddyville, OR; Memphis, TN; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Potomac and Sandy Spring, MD; WaiĘ»anae, HI; and Washington, D.C.

The workshop, “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,”l streamed live on
— at The White House Washington Dc.