Protest/Resistance: Music that Surrounds the Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

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Sunday January 20

2:00 PM  –  3:30 PM

Protest/Resistance: Music that Surrounds the Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

“Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from Jazz. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

More than any other art form in America, jazz illustrates the civil rights movement. What can we learn from Dr. King’s words when viewed through the lens of jazz improvisational music? What are the improvisational themes of justified rage, lament, hope and joy we can embrace while fighting for justice? We invite you to join Ruth Naomi Floyd and guests on a musical journey of songs that surround the Civil Rights Movement and which reminds us of the battle for humanity, racial equality, economic liberty and empowerment.

Vocalist and Composer Ruth Naomi Floyd with guests, Aaron Graves, V. Shayne Frederick, Bethlehem Roberson and Deion Peyton.

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