Truth-Telling & The Montgomery Pilgrimage; A Sound Artist Activist — 6.2.18


We were honored to host a conversation of truth-telling with Andrea Douglas and Jalane Schmidt as they prepare for a pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama to memorialize the 1898 lynching of John Henry James. We also spoke with the multi-talented composer, Matthew Burtner, who makes music with wind, fog, and melting glaciers to educate about the endangered environment.


Andrea Douglas and Jalane Schmidt are part of a pilgrimage that will bring soil from the lynching spot of John Henry James to the new Alabama museum, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The museum is this country’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Black people, people terrorized by lynching, and African Americans humiliated by racial segregation. Douglas is Executive Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Jalane Schmidt is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.

Matthew Burtner is an Alaskan-born composer and sound artist, conveying social, spiritual, and political themes using technology and the environment. He’s made music from snow, ice, fog, cold, wind, and lava. His experience growing up in Alaska deeply informs his work. Through his many projects, Burtner expresses his activism on behalf of the environment.

(Pictured from top, l to r: Andrea Douglas, Jalane Schmidt; Matthew Burtner)


Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Equity Justice Initiative
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Jalane Schmidt
Matthew Burtner

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