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A Song for Rosalind Blalock. HD Video (Duration 2:32 minutes). 2014.

In 1969, Rosalind Blalock was an African American student in Florida's segregated Lee County school district and the key litigant in the judicial fight to desegregate. Florida was one of the last states to desegregate, and I felt the lasting effects of anti-desegregation sentiments in the 1980s when I was in junior high school. This piece pairs the visual ideals of paradise with the soundscape of a 1969 radio broadcast reflecting upon the musical hits of the year as a way to interrogate the relationships between official and personal histories of (de)segregation.