World slavery, Haitian revolution, rise of American music to be explored

Ray Kamalay

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will explore “World Slavery — The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music” with Ray Kamalay at noon on Tuesday during its weekly Lunch With Books program.

Kamalay, a long-time professional musician who contributes performances of the various genres, will trace the development of slavery from ancient times to its links with American society and into the early jazz age, putting American music in the perspective of world history. His discussion will include freedom, ancient and modern slavery, the Haitian Revolution, the origin of blackface, spirituals, blues, minstrel shows, ragtime and jazz and will be punctuated by musical performance on varied instruments.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at for more information.


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