Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity

Hip hop is an urban cultural arts movement rooted in African traditions that has continuously shaped sound, dance, visual art, youth culture, and education. In this fourth installment of Real Talk for Real Change symposium, Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity, we bring together hip hop artists, scholars, and educators to share artistic representations, discuss connections between hip hop and youth-led movements for Black lives, and to share proven practices in hip hop education as paths toward youth empowerment and equity.

Our panel features the following special guests:

  • Michele Byrd-McPhee (Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence, UW–Madison Division of the Arts)
  • Rob Dz (Madison/Beloit-based Rapper)
  • Michael Ford (Hip-Hop Architect, Founder of Hip-Hop Architecture Camp)
  • Duane Holland, Jr. (Professor, UW–Madison Dance Department)
  • Sofia Snow (Director of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and First Wave Scholarship Program, UW–Madison