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9/15/14 DC: Popular Culture and Civil Rights: Jazz, Film, TV and the Making
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9/15/14 DC: Popular Culture and Civil Rights: Jazz, Film, TV and the Making
Date: September 15, 2014

Location: Whittall Pavilion, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Time: 1-3:30 pm

The American Folklife Center invites friends and colleagues to a public program in the continuing series Many Paths to Freedom: Looking Back, Looking Ahead at the Long Civil Rights Movement.  On September 15, 2014, please join us for "Popular Culture and Civil Rights: Jazz, Film, TV and the Making of the Movement,” featuring book talks, film screenings of rare performances from the Library’s renowned collections, and  discussion.
 
The US freedom struggle for citizenship, justice and equality was crucially shaped by the actions of grass-roots community members, students and charismatic leaders who directly confronted racial  power and terror. Their work galvanized -- and was galvanized by -- leading artists and entertainers like Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie and many others who made crucial contributions to the  Movement, both at home and abroad, through jazz, film, stage and television performances. Musicologist Ingrid Monson (Harvard University) and historian Ruth Feldstein (Rutgers University) discuss their works about the stars of the stage and screen who placed their talents in service of the struggle. Ingrid Monson is the author of Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call out to Jazz and Africa.  Ruth Feldstein’s recent, well-received book is How it Feels to be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement.  Their presentation will be preceded by screenings of rare performances of some of these artists, drawn from the Library's unparalleled broadcast collections.

Seating is free but limited, so please make sure to show up early! Contact Guha Shankar at AFC- gshankar@loc.gov - if you plan to attend or have any questions.


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Many Paths to Freedom: Looking Back, Looking Ahead at the Long Civil Rights Movement is a public educational program series of the American Folklife Center, carried out in collaboration with several Library of Congress divisions and external partner institutions. It features scholars, activists, and artists who will address a range of topics on the theme of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for freedom, social justice and equality for African Americans. Programs in the series aim to present audiences with a range of perspectives on the topic, highlight the Library's unparalleled collections about the freedom struggle, and explore questions about the legacy and influence of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the featured speakers and topics address events, actions and experiences that have been recorded for the Center's Civil Rights History Project (CRHP). The CRHP is a national initiative to record oral histories and first-person recollections of participants in the freedom struggle.





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