Exhibit Opening Night Photo Gallery


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Leimert Park lit up the night of February 23, 2017, at the exhibition opening of BlackMusic, BlackWork.

Presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, UCLA Labor Center, the exhibit shares the dynamic history of organizing in the arts spans the founding of the Black musicians union Local 767 in the 1920s to the contemporary struggles of working musicians who understand the transformative power of art and culture.

Special guests speakers included AFM Local 47 President John Acosta, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, LA County Federation of Labor Rusty Hicks, Los Angeles Black Worker Center Co-founder Lola Smallwood Cuevas and member Andrene Scott, and Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley, Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA. Black Worker Center member Patsy Howard served as MC. Continue reading “Exhibit Opening Night Photo Gallery”


Save the date! February 23, 2017


We are excited to announce the grand opening date and location of our BlackMusic, BlackWork historical exhibit of the Black musicians union Local 767:

Grand Opening:
Thursday, February 23, 2017

California Jazz and Blues Museum – Liemert Park
4317 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008

Developed by AFM Local 47, Los Angeles Black Worker Center, and UCLA Labor Center and History Department, the exhibition opening event takes place at the new California Jazz and Blues Museum, opened by acclaimed jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison. The exhibition runs through June 30, 2017. Tickets are now available for the opening event taking place the evening of February 23.


Tickets for the exhibition opening event will be available at the door for $25. Discounted presale tickets for $20 are available here. Early Access Admission ticket holders are invited to join our Exhibit Sponsor VIP Reception from 5-6 pm.

The program begins at 6 p.m. and will feature a panel of distinguished guest speakers discussing struggle of Black musicians from Central Avenue’s rise as the West Coast’s cultural center up to the present struggles of working musicians and activists, oral histories with prominent Local 767 members, live jazz performances, and a diverse crowd of workers, business owners, interfaith leaders, local elected officials, in the heart of L.A.’s African American Arts culture, Leimert Park.


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact LaTonya Harris: lharrisbwc@gmail.com, 323.752.7287.



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This #GivingTuesday donate to the historical BlackMusic, BlackWork exhibition

Watch our short video about bringing into fruition the BlackMusic, BlackWork Exhibit so current and future generations can know and be inspired by American music, work and unification.

This #GivingTuesday help make the historical Black Musicians Union Local 767 exhibition a reality! Donate and watch our progress at bmbw.causevox.com.

Please help us share this fundraising link with friends, family lovers of jazz, unions, the arts and working class communities!

Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who joined us July 21, 2016 for an incredibly successful fundraising kickoff for the upcoming exhibition, BlackMusic, BlackWork. We appreciate the distances you drove and invitations you declined to show up for justice. The room was filled 92 lovers of music and justice and an energy that proved what we already knew the moment is ripe for a project that celebrates the history of black organizing in the arts. Continue reading “Thank you!”

Our Story, Our Legacy

Workers and supporters of the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, and former members and family of the historical L.A. musicians union Local 767, joined together at the BlackMusic, BlackWork kickoff fundraising event at the Vision Theatre in Liemert Park on July 21, 2016. (Photo: Linda A. Rapka)

BlackMusic, BlackWork exhibit to celebrate the rich legacy of Los Angeles Local 767

The richness of Los Angeles comprises stories that move the mind, soul, and conviction. One of these stories is the unsung bravery and artistry of early Central Avenue musicians whose work transformed L.A.’s music industry forever.

Artifacts from the historical Los Angles black musicians union Local 767 from the 1920s through the 1950s.

BlackMusic, BlackWork, an upcoming historical exhibit of the Los Angeles Black musicians union Local 767, aims to share dynamic history of organizing in the arts that spans the founding of the city’s Black musicians union in the 1920s to the contemporary struggles of working musicians who understand the transformative power of art and culture. Continue reading “Our Story, Our Legacy”