The 2013 Hackley Lecture Series

The E. Azalia Hackley Collection is part of the Detroit Public Library’s Special Collections Department and is located on the third floor of the Main Library. For more information, please call 313-481-1397 or visit us at

Lectures are free and open to the public

Donna Summer:  The Last Dance
Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.
This lecture will look at the musical career of the “Queen of Disco.”   

Don Cornelius: Riding the Soul Train
Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 p.m.
This lecture will focus on the famous television dance and music program.

Whitney Houston: The Voice
Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 p.m.
This lecture will focus on the legendary life and career of Whitney Houston.

The Diva Groups: The Supremes, TLC and Destiny’s Child
Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 p.m.  
The lecture will highlight the careers of three of the top female musical groups of all time.   

Jazz Giants: Miles Davis
Wednesday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.
The lecture will explore the musical legacy of Miles Davis.
Troubled Men: Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Rick James
Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 p.m. 
The lecture will focus on the colorful careers and tragic lives of Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Rick James.    

Rock and Roll Music: The History of Chess Records
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.
This lecture will look at the legacy of the Chicago record label that featured the legendary performers Muddy Walters, Chuck Berry and Etta James.

Hackley Collection Annual Open House on Noel Night
Saturday, December 8, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


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The Detroit Public Library

The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation

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