Through Dance, We Rise


Dimensions: 57″ x 38″

Medium: photography

Artist: Rod McGaha

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Dance was an integral part of African life before enslavement in America. A crucial part of social and artistic expression. Dance is a way of asking questions and providing answers. It demonstrates freedom that was once taken. Freedom often used for special occasions, like marriage and the celebration of a new birth. Dance was and is life-affirming. Many of the dances you see today were born from various black spaces associated with the Harlem Renaissance period. From the time African Americans were brought to this country, the singing of song as well as dance have been key elements of expressing joy, and rhythm. Please welcome two of Nashville’s finest to express this rhythm: Shabazz Chijoke Ujima & Thea Jones Brown