Charles Neville conducting a “New Orleans Second Line” musical workshop at the Community Music School of Springfield’s New Orleans Brass Band Camp, August 2017. 

From left: Charles Neville, Rick Marshall, and Antonia Ortiz-DeJesus (Dave Roback/The Republican)

The Legacy Education Project


  • Brings acclaimed Black and Afro-Caribbean musicians into Springfield public schools to use music to teach history and literature in a creative way that deeply engages middle and high school students.
  • Centers experiences and perspectives of Black and Afro-Caribbean people, nurturing these students’ pride in their heritage and combating racism among white students.
  • Shows how the arts have been and can be used as tools to nurture personal resilience and healing and to create social change.
  • Inspires students musically and connects them to programs where they can learn to play this music.
  • Currently has artists and curriculum for: Understanding the African Diaspora, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Great Migration, the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights movement.


Interested in bringing the Legacy Education Project into your classroom, school, or group?
Contact Kristin Neville at

Jazz bassist, Avery Sharpe’s residency at Duggan Academy, delving into the study of the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age
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