Thursday, February 11, 2010

In Performance at the White House

“In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” was a one hour celebration concert in the East Wing of the White House Thursday Feb. 11, one day before Lincoln’s Birthday, carried on PBS station WETA. The link with preview video is (web url) here.

The concert offered The Blind Boys of Alabama, Natalie Cole, the Freedom Singers, John Mellenkamp (site), Smokey Robison, Joan Baez, Bob Dillon, Queen Latifa, John Legend.

Obama congratulated everyone for “braving the storm” (the DC blizzards).

The music included the spirituals “How Great Thou Art”, “We Shall Overcome”, “Let Nobody Turn Me Down” (“let no injunction turn me down”).

Morgan Freeman told the story of approaching a lunch counter and his mother telling him he couldn’t sit there. He bore no resentment, but he didn’t understand why.

Mellencamp told of his first observation of segregation at age 14 in 1966.

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