Charles Mingus was known for his outspokenness about issues of equality, freedom, the Civil Rights movement, and his organizing actions to fight economic injustice and discrimination in the music world and beyond, such as retaining rights to his own music, creating Debut Records with Max Roach, and creating compositions and ensembles that demanded unique creative expression, authenticity, and integrity from his musicians. As we celebrate Juneteenth, the Mingus Big Band will highlight some of Mingus’ compositions with political and social activist roots, introduced by Jason Marshall and other musicians who will share their ideas about the songs and relevance to continuing struggles and hope.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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