Mark Lomax, II, and The Urban Art Ensemble will tell the 400-year story of Black America through his original jazz composition 400: An Afrikan Epic. The Fri., Sept. 20 jazz concert will at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, 1350 Brush Row Rd.in Wilberforce beginning at 7:30 pm. “Four hundred years—1619, the first African Americans were brought to North America as slaves to 2019…there is something there…” explains Dr. Lomax. “ 400 is a celebration of strength, resilience, and beauty of black culture…period!” 400: An Afrikan Epic is divided into three parts. It explores thousands of years of the history—pre-colonial Afrika, the Ma’afa (the 400 years between 1619 and 2019), and Afro-futurism, expressing a vision of what Blacks in America will head toward in the next 400 years; a healthy, high-functioning African diaspora. Dr. Lomax is a critically acclaimed composer, recording artist, drummer, activist, and educator. He is a Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University Artist Residency 2018 Award recipient. He is a highly sought-after lecturer who specializes in the sociopolitical and spiritual aspects of African American music. He uses the arts to build community and his ideas are documented in his TED Talk “Activating The Transformative Power of Trust”. As a musician, he has toured with gospel choirs around the country and notable jazz artists such as the Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet, Clark Terry, Marlon Jordan, Azar Lawrence, Bennie Maupin, Billy Harper, Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis and Wessel Anderson. Dr. Lomax will also host a free lecture and workshop that will be open to Central State University and other local college music students from 3:30 pm to 5 pm on September 19 at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. “We truly appreciate Dr. Lomax’s desire to share his creative process with CSU and other local music students,” said Dr. Charles Wash, director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and History adjunct professor at CSU. Tickets for 400: An Afrikan Epic will be $25 per person and $22.50 for Ohio History Connection/NAAMCC members. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available before the concert. For more information, call 800.752.2603 ext. 2113 or visit ohiohistory.org/naamcc to purchase your tickets on-line.