Hip-Hop Workshop Focus of ‘Independent's Day’
February 7, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – In honor of Black History Month, Illinois Wesleyan University
Student Senate is sponsoring a concert-workshop titled “Independent's Day” at 7 p.m.
on Friday, Feb. 11 in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington).
The event is free and open to the public.
Independent's Day is a series of small workshops that combines entertainment and education
as it connects music, culture and activism, said Bianca Spratt, an IWU senior who
proposed the Senate sponsor the event. “The workshops explore all elements of hip
hop, soul and spoken word, and how music can spread a message,” she said.
The event will feature Jitu “the Jugganot” Brown, an emcee and accomplished musician.
With four records under his belt he has been a major influence in the rap scene appearing
on Rap City, the Box, and Yo! MTV Raps. He is now an educator and community organizer in Chicago. “He is very engaging,
and his goal is to help youth organize and engage other youth,” said Spratt, who counts
Brown as one of her long-time mentors.
Jill Kawasaki, a first-year IWU student and events commissioner for the Student Senate,
said the events represents one of the main roles of the Senate. “Bianca is part of
the student body, and is passionate about bringing this event to campus. The Senate
is here to respond to student needs when they bring us great programs like Independence
For additional information on the event, contact Spratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960