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Professor Receives Grant for Documentary

We are pleased to announce our very own Associate Professor L. Raki Jones has received a grant from the Fetzer Institute for a documentary he is working on called “Sontata Mulattica”.  This documentary is about George Bridgetower, a 19th century, African-European violinist who was taught by Franz Haydn, adopted by the Prince of Wales, and a friend of Ludwig van Beethoven.  Based upon a book of the same title by the former poet laureate Rita Dove, this documentary will shed light on the marginalized musical genius as it explores contemporary issues of race and culture.

Professor Jones has done a previous documentary with Spark Media called Prince Among Slaves.  He secured twelve paid Production Assistant jobs for UDC, TV production students.  Since that documentary was picked up by PBS, those students received invaluable experience and credits on a national broadcast program.

For more information about this documentary  please visit the Spark Media website at or you can contact Professor Jones at 202.274.6144.

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