The Black Jewish Table of Understanding, a project of AJC (American Jewish Committee) Cincinnati, and the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio will present Music: A Bridge that Unites Us online on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. The interactive program will feature performances by local talent and songs of fellowship in Hebrew and English. Special guests Patti and Bootsy Collins will share their memories of King Records and the Cincinnati music scene and will introduce the video and title track from Bootsy’s newly released album, The Power Of The One.
Music: A Bridge that Unites Us celebrates the relationship between Jews and African Americans in the music community. Locally, in a time when segregation was widespread in the workplace, the founder and owner of King Records, Jewish entrepreneur Syd Nathan, ran one of the first racially integrated businesses in Cincinnati. One of King Records’ most notable recording artists is Bootsy Collins, who started working at the label in 1966 at the age of 16.
Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists, singers, and bandleaders. His influence on popular culture is inescapable. His sound and look are literally stitched into the fabric of modern music, be it R&B, Funk, Rock, or Hip-Hop to name just a few. Bootsy’s wife, Patricia Ann Collins, also known as Pepperminte Patti, is president of the Bootsy Collins Foundation. In addition to mentoring young girls around the world, she is co-founder of Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, co-chair of the King Records Legacy Committee, and is a board member of Madi’s House, a community center offering support and activities for young adults battling addiction and mental health issues.
DeAsa Nichols and Jeanne Weiland serve as co-chairs for Music: A Bridge that Unites Us. Table of Understanding members include Jan Armstrong-Cobb, Ruby Bester, Steve Bester, Brandi Blessett, Patti Collins, Sedrick Denson, Gary Dent, Charley Frank, Dallas Guttman, Tamara Harkavy, Bishop Bobby Hilton, Dan Hoffheimer, Bill Katz, Rabbi Jan Katzew, Rachel Loftspring, Arzell Nelson, Lizzie Ngwenya-Scoburg, DeAsa Nichols, Tyra Patterson, Nicole Schneider, Rickell Howard Smith, Julie Washington, Jeanne Weiland, and Michele Young.
The program is free and open to the community. Registration is required.