Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates the Sounds of Black History Throughout February


Virtual programs and events include Rock Hall Inductee Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire, members of Sly & the Family Stone, Patti LaBelle, Robert Randolph of The Family Band, and Jackie Venson.


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating Black History Month with a series of virtual events and programs honoring the extraordinary contributions that African Americans have made to rock & roll music. Fans can also head to the museum, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, to amplify their experience with the Rock Hall’s featured exhibit It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment.

A cornerstone to the Rock Hall’s programs and outreach, the Black History Month celebration highlights stories, provides opportunities for dialogue, and reflects on the contributions and legacies of African American artists.

Inspired by the sounds of Black history, the Rock Hall’s virtual events and programs include:

Every Friday in February New Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Vault podcast episodes Subscribe on the iHeart Radio App, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

Throughout February enjoy new podcast episodes honoring the legacies of African American Inductees with unfiltered access to iconic Induction speeches. Episodes include Gladys Knight and the Pips inducted by Mariah Carey (Feb. 5), Public Enemy inducted by Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte (Feb. 12), The Miracles inducted by Smokey Robinson (Feb. 19), and Buddy Guy inducted by B.B. King and Eric Clapton (Feb. 26).

Wednesday, February 3rd at 12 p.m. EST Desktop Dialogue: The Politics of Sound Virtual event (requires RSVP)

Join Nwaka Onwusa, Rock Hall’s Chief Curator, and Andrew Cappetta, Manager of Collection & Exhibition Programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art, for a conversation about the power of music and artists who have harnessed word and sound to fight for social justice and racial equality.  

Monday, February 8th Rock Hall spotlights MARTK’D winning sneaker Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

MARTK’D powered by Yellowbrick teamed up with the Rock Hall and Cleveland Cavaliers Diversity and Inclusion Department for a real time design competition themed around teaming up for change. The winning sneaker is being featured within the Rock Hall’s “It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment” exhibit and amplifies the exhibit’s commentary on social injustice and inspires communities to unite.

Thursday, February 11th at 7 p.m. EST Jackie Venson performance and interview Follow and watch on Rock Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages

Texas native Jackie Venson, the first African-American woman to win the category of “Best Guitarist” at the Austin Music Awards last year, performs a virtual 30-minute live set and post-show interview with Jason Hanley, Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement, discussing her trailblazing career.

Thursday, February 18th at 7 p.m. EST Mr. Soul Documentary screening and panel discussion with Inductee Verdine White and Patti LaBelle RSVP at 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL! Offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music and politics – voices that had few other options for national exposure. Enjoy this special screening followed by a panel discuss with Rock Hall Inductee Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire, singer and actress Patti LaBelle, writer, director and producer Melissa Haizlipm, and Rock Hall’s Chief Curator, Nwaka Onwusa.

Saturday, February 20th at 7 p.m. EST Inductees from Sly & the Family Stone join episode of Tough Cookies hosted by Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie For more info visit

Rock Hall Inductees Freddie Stone, Rose Stone, Larry Graham, Jerry Martini and Greg Errico of Sly & the Family Stone are special guests on this month’s episode of Tough Cookies hosted by Adam Weiner, the charismatic leader of Philadelphia-based rock band Low Cut Connie. Join Adam as he interviews members of the band and performs several songs, plus take a tour through the Rock Hall’s Legends of Rock exhibit. The episode will broadcast through Low Cut Connie’s social channels.

Monday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. EST Rewriting Rock: New Takes on Black Women in Rock & Pop History Follow and watch on Rock Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages

Authors Daphne Brooks (Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound) and Maureen Mahon (Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll) discuss their newly published books on Black women in pop music. These works are part of a wave of new writing on Black women in rock and pop that sheds light on how dominant views of gender, race, sexuality, and genre affected not only their careers, but how their stories were minimized or written out of music history.  Presented in partnership with Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Popular Music Studies.

Friday, February 26th at 7 p.m. EST Robert Randolph performance and interview Follow and watch on Rock Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages

Tune in for a virtual premier of the Rock Hall’s conversation and performance with Robert Randolph of The Family Band. Randolph discusses his Gospel roots and more with Jason Hanley, Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education and Visitor Experience, and performs a few songs from the Rock Hall’s Klipsch Audio Stage on his pedal steel guitar.

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Bring the spirit of the Rock Hall’s “It’s Been Said All Along” exhibit to your students with a special Black History Month collection, bookended with playlists that spotlight the sounds African American artists used then and now to speak out against racism. You’ll also find presentations on individual artists from Mahalia Jackson to Tupac, essays on soul legends Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke, and an activity that digs into the complexities of segregation.Plus, enjoy a selection of videos featured on the Rock Hall’s YouTube channel, including the Rock Hall’s recent 90-minute special celebrating the life & legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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