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The Friday Center honors Black History Month

100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Dates: February 25, 2018
Phone: (919) 962-3000
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Price: Free, Preregistration Required

The Friday Center honors Black History Month with a free performance by Mary D. Williams, gospel singer, educator, and historian presenting Voices of Freedom: Music and the Civil Rights Movement. As part of the Civil Rights Movement, 2018 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of The Poor People’s Campaign, or Poor People’s March on Washington, an effort dedicated to economic justice for poor people in the United States. “We Shall Overcome” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain” are two of the many songs that were part of the march and are considered anthems of the Civil Rights Movement. These songs had their roots as spirituals in their representation of the enslaved narrative. Many gospel songs and spirituals were repurposed and changed lyrically into what we know today as Civil Rights and Movement songs. Singers and musicians collaborated to develop songs that expressed determination and activism during mass meetings, marches, sit-ins, freedom rides and Parchman Prison. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once quoted,”The freedom songs are playing a strong and vital role in our struggle.”