DSC_0041.JPGAs an undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill Pierce Freelon developed a Hip-Hop curriculum for his honors thesis (which went on to earn highest honors). The curriculum, originally entitled Blackademics has since been taken into high schools, universities, libraries, churches and community centers, from Inglewood to India. The site was originally founded as an extension of this curriculum, providing an online forum where discussions started in the classroom could continue. The Blackademics community workshop series has developed into several dynamic courses. Freelon is a graduate of the Pan-African Studies masters program at Syracuse University, the former director of the Bebop to Hip-Hop program for the non-profit organization, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, as well as an emcee in the hip hop and jazz quartet, The Beast. To bring a Blackademics workshop or lecture to your school or organization, please contact: Kathryn Proctor –

Click here to download the curriculum information packet.
Click here to download Freelon’s Curriculum Vitae.
For more information on the workshops, email Kathryn Proctor at or download a curriculum sample here.

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