Interdisciplinary artist Homer Jackson will draw on the history of civil rights protests and freedom songs, as well as Whitman's "Song of the Open Road" and select Langston Hughes poems, to organize four walks in diverse neighborhoods around Philadelphia. These neighborhoods will range from Strawberry Mansion in North Philadelphia and Germantown in the Northwest to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Whitman Plaza in South Philadelphia, the latter the site of ongoing racial tension and demonstrations related to a housing project proposed in the 1960s and ﬁnally built in 1982. The walks will be accompanied by original musical compositions and led by a gospel choir.
Meet at Marconi Plaza, 2800 S Broad St., Philadelphia
Additional walks held on on May 18, June 8, and July 6 at various locations.
Major support for all of the artistic commissions was provided to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Special thanks to the Waterman II Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation who, following a recommendation of David Haas, has provided additional support for New Songs of the Open Road.