The Roots of Music is honored to be a 2024 recipient of The Lewis Prize for Music

Cedric Richmond

A distinguished former Democratic member of the United States House of  Representatives and founder of Richmond Consulting, LLC., Cedric Richmond is known  for his foresight, keen political intuition, and his […]

Jeffrey Goldring

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Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jeff Goldring attended and graduated from Tulane University in 1989 with a BA in Business. He also attended Newman School from K-12, graduating […]

Will Snowden

Will Snowden

Will Snowden is the proud son of Billy Ray and Kay Snowden who were not only Milwaukee public school teachers, but also taught Will why speaking up and speaking out […]

Jade Brown Russell

Jade Brown Russell

Jade Brown-Russell was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jade has more than 25 years of experience in equity, program design, policy development, and project management. Her niche is […]

Karon Reese

Karon Reese

Karon Reese got her real estate license while working on a Ph.D. in literature at the University of Arkansas in 2004. She quickly discovered that she loves the exhilaration that […]

Arkesha Baquet

Arkesha Baquet

Arkesha Baquet was born and raised in New Orleans, attended L. B. Landry High School in the class of 1993. She has a degree in psychology from Southern University of […]

Patrick Bordnick

Patrick Bordnick

Dr. Patrick Bordnick is the Dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work. Dr. Bordnick has over twenty years of experience in clinical and laboratory research on cocaine, marijuana, […]

Matt Sakakeeny

Matt Sakakeeny

Matt Sakakeeny studies the intersections of music, race, and power. He is the author of Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans (Duke Press, 2013) and articles in several […]