Dr. Lance Williams created The Blacks on Blues Project in 1992 as a way of preserving and venerating one of America's greatest cultural resources. Music is a primary, indispensable aspect of the African-American experience that has been a key hallmark of the black presence and influence throughout the world.
Black artists have galvanized the world's attention and brought a greater understanding of African-America's unique cultural gifts. The music has been one of the few ways that the black experience has been legitimized and there is no question that African Americans are a cultural force both feared and lionized throughout history.
The initial presentations of Blacks on Blues took place between 1992-2005 at Kongo Square in the Leimert Park District of Los Angeles, which later was renamed Zambezi Bazaar. The series was restarted in 2012 to an overwhelmingly positive response.
Features of the current series have included developing a video and photo archive of most events; a strong Facebook presence and a memorable web presence. An enlightened and aware group of participants continue to maintain a deep and enduring appreciation for the blues and other important cultural forms of world culture.
Over the years, Dr. Williams has also presented Blacks on Blues at the House of Blues, California State University, Northridge, and Bryant Temple AME Church. He has also lectured on the blues and its subsequent forms at a variety of colleges and universities and public forums across the United States.
Future planned activities of the project include increasing Blacks on Blues' national outreach through a newsletter and blog, increased Internet presence, creative fundraising strategies, and a spate of presentations designed for university and secondary students.