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Music for Change

With Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary

and award-winning singer-songwriters

Amy Carol Webb, Josh White Jr., and Houston Rapper Baby Jay


Peter Paul and MaryLearn, Create, Celebrate
A day-long series of events on Saturday, January 22

Music is more than entertainment. It is a powerful, cross-cultural tool that educates, motivates, and inspires. In this day-long series, Dartmouth partners with the Public Domain Foundation to offer almost ten hours of social change music programming. Feast your ears on a variety of events including a public forum, social justice music showcase, evening concert featuring two film premieres, and late night student performances with up-and-coming Houston rapper Baby Jay. 

 Learn I 
Why Music Matters—Understanding Music’s Impact on Social Justice

1–2:30 pm, Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary joins two award-winning singer-songwriters and activists—Amy Carol Webb and Josh White Jr.—for a musically infused, highly interactive panel discussion. In addition to sharing their activist musician experiences, the panel will offer a timeline of American music for social change since 1900 and will test your knowledge with a group quiz. Participants will have ample time for questions and will leave with a musician activist reading list. Facilitated by Associate Professor of Philosophy Susan Brison.

Learn II
How to Make your Music Matter—Learn from the Experts

1–3 pm, One Wheelock, Collis Student Center

Visit with award-winning artists from the Music2Life social justice songwriting contest—including Houston-based rapper Baby Jay—and bring your songwriting questions! As many as nine prolific and active singer-songwriters will be available to discuss their work and advise students on how to create music for social change.

Celebrate I
Hear Music Matter—A Showcase of Musician Activists and Their Stories
4–6 pm, Salt Hill Pub, Hanover

Winners of the Music2Life social justice songwriting contest perform their material and reflect upon the ways in which they make a difference with their music. This event is hosted by Liz Stookey Sunde and Arlon Bennett, whose song “Be the Change” was selected for the Martin Luther King Jr. collection “Dream On!”  

Celebrate II
Music for Social Change with Noel Paul Stookey and Company

7:30–9:30 pm, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts
Free tickets available at the Hopkins Center Box Office Friday 10–6 and Saturday 1–6. 4-ticket limit per person. Ticket-holders must be in their seats by 7:15 pm, after which empty seats become available to those without tickets.

Hosted by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary and his daughter, Liz Stookey Sunde, this rousing evening of song, film, and inspiration highlights the work of Public Domain Foundation Music2Life award winners Amy Carol Webb and Josh White Jr. and of up-and-coming Houston rapper Baby Jay. In addition to sharing their music, these activist artists are featured in the evening’s two documentary films, Our Living History and Songbird, which illustrate how their talents are used for change in their communities.

For more information about the Music2Life Project please visit

Baby JayCelebrate III

LIFTED: Music Matters to YOU—Late Night Student Performances with Houston Rapper Baby Jay
10 pm–12 midnight, Collis Common Ground

With the release of his debut hip-hop album Keepin It Real, up-and-coming 19-year-old Houston-based rapper Baby Jay delivers a message of unity, hope, and encouragement—a message rooted in reality toward doing the right thing—to the youth of today. Baby Jay’s music addresses adversities in the lives of young people, encouraging the rejection of drugs, violence, teen pregnancy, and peer pressure and inspiring other students to stand strong behind their beliefs.

At Lifted, Baby Jay joins a variety of student performing groups for a dazzling evening of dance, music, spoken word, and other forms of expressive art presented in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Showcasing a unique blend of style and talent, this vibrantly diverse group of performers crosses cultural boundaries and fosters inter-community development. Past participants have included SoulScribes, the Chinese Dance Troupe, Fusion, Ballet Folklorico, Sheba, the Argentine Tango Society, the Ceili Irish Dancers, and the Occom Pond Singers. Playing to capacity crowds for the past four years, Lifted undoubtedly will mesmerize audiences once again.


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