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Many thanks to Marredia Crawford (Director, Inclusion & Diversity, Americas) for sharing this invitation. 

Please join us on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 as we host a virtual program to commemorate Juneteenth. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Fredera Hadley, a historian and Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Julliard School for this exciting program.

Dr. Hadley will lead us on an impactful journey, discussing the history of Juneteenth and the impact of African American culture on multiple genres of music. Participants will share in the music, culture and a specially curated musical playlist developed by Dr. Hadley for Juneteenth.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free.

Welcome and introduction by Colin Murray, Baker’s North America Chief Executive Officer.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

1 pm – 2 pm ET
12 pm – 1 pm CT
10 am – 11 am PT

Click here to register now.


Fredara Mareva Hadley, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicology professor in the Music History Department at The Juilliard School where she teaches courses on ethnomusicology and African American Music. Dr. Hadley has presented her research at universities and conferences both domestic and abroad and has been published in academic journals and other publications. Her commentary is featured in several documentaries including the recently released PBS doc-series, The Black Church.

Dr. Hadley’s current book projects include her forthcoming book, that centers the musical ecosystems of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their impact on Black and American music. Her other book project is an edited volume about Aretha Franklin for Cambridge University Press.


Taryn Brown is an Associate in the Firm’s North America Corporate & Securities Practice Group in our Washington, DC office. Taryn has extensive experience in transactional, corporate governance, financial restructuring, and securities law matters. She advices and counsels clients on a wide variety of legal matters. Taryn focuses her practice on advising on mergers and acquisitions transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, dispositions, carve-outs and asset manager transactions.  She also advises public and private clients in a wide variety of corporate matters, including public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, securities law compliance and disclosure issues, financial restructurings, corporate governance matters and the negotiation of commercial contracts.