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UCR Professor Links Frederick Douglass and Modern Hip Hop

Rickerby Hinds presents excerpts from his new play in downtown Riverside

(March 21, 2005)

Rickerby Hinds, photo by Peter PhunEnlarge

Rickerby Hinds, photo by Peter Phun

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Rickerby Hinds, an assistant professor of theatre at UC Riverside, will perform excerpts of his new play about 19th century journalist and orator Frederick Douglass at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.

This free public lecture and presentation is sponsored by UC Riverside’s Office of Governmental and Community Relations, the Riverside Downtown Partnership and the Riverside Arts Council. It is one of a series of events intended to bring UC Riverside’s faculty expertise directly to the community.

“Frederick Douglass, Hip Hop Head,” highlights comparisons and connections between Douglass’s life and times and today’s Hip-Hop generation. An ex-slave, Douglass became one of the most prominent orators, journalists and anti-slavery leaders of the 19th Century.

“I explore links in music, fashion, art, dance and knowledge,” Hinds said. “For instance, Frederick Douglass is an original graffiti artist because he wrote on fences while teaching himself to write.”

The talk is preceded by a reception. Information about the event is available from the Office of Governmental and Community Relations, (951) 827-5184.

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