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The Latest from ACE

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Posted on: October 10, 2021

Songs of Earth: Aesthetic and Social Codes in Music, by Anna L. Wood and published by the Association for Cultural Equity, is available for pre-order now!

John A. Lomax
Posted on: October 10, 2021

This October 9th marked the unveiling of the John Avery Lomax Literary Landmark at the John A. Lomax Amphitheater in Meridian, Texas, as one of the four sites presented with the distinction in Texas in 2021.

Literary Landmarks are designated sites located across the country that attract tourists, book lovers, and history buffs to educate the public about important literary works and history. 

You can read more about this years honorees here

1951 Ceilidh
Posted on: September 9, 2021

August 30, 2021, was the 70-year anniversary of the 1951 Edinburgh People’s Festival Ceilidh, the seminal event that heralded and generated the Scottish Folk Revival of the 1960s. Alan Lomax was on hand to record it in the Oddfellows Hall, and thus able to preserve a document of a legendary concert that alerted the astonished urban audience to the continuing vitality of Scotland’s rich heritage of traditional song.

Jeffery Greenberg
Posted on: November 11, 2020

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Jeffrey Alan Greenberg, longtime ACE Board member, ACE attorney, and cherished friend.  Jeff was a part of ACE for 25 years, and leaves behind a great hole in the fabric of our organization, and is a deep personal loss for us all.  President Anna Lomax Wood shared her memories of Jeff.

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

In September UNESCO accredited the Association for Cultural Equity as a non-governmental organization providing advisory services to its 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).  UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage program is devoted to safeguarding ICH through documentation, promotion, fostering transmission and revitalizing cultural practices and expressions.  It designates ICH from among the 178 states parties that have ratified the Convention for the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural of Humanity and lists of best safeguarding practices a

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Posted on: October 10, 2020

Anna Wood, together with Eric Crawford from Coastal Carolina University, will be co-chairing a forum entitled "The Return: Rethinking Historical Recordings in Collaboration with Source Communities" at this year's virtual American Folklore Society conference, on Friday, October 16 at 10:30 am.  ACE contributors Violet Baron, Lamont Jack Pearley, and Donato Raimondo will be on the panel as well.

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Posted on: June 6, 2020

Bessie Jones was one of the most popular performers on the 1960s and '70s folk circuit, appearing usually at the helm of the Georgia Sea Island Singers at colleges, festivals, the Poor People's March on Washington, and Jimmy Carter's inauguration. GET IN UNION is a collection of classic recordings with the Singers, combined with previously unavailable solo and small-group performances captured by Alan Lomax between 1959 and 1966. This digital-only release by the Alan Lomax Archive is an expanded version of the two-CD set issued by Tompkins Square in 2013, featuring nine previously unreleased tracks. Visit alanlomaxarchive.bandcamp.com, where 85% of your purchase will benefit ACE and Bessie Jones' heirs. The album is also available via streaming services.

Fleary drumming
Posted on: December 12, 2019

At 1:30 am on December 5th, a friend and great Caribbean cultural leader was lost to us.  Winston Fleary passed away on his home island of Carraicou.  He was a folklorist, musician, activist and ambassador - and was and is an inspiration to all of us.