As part of the Obama administration's White House Music Series,
on February 10th, they will host "In Performance at the White House, A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement." The event is being held in recogntion of Black History Month. It
will be televised the following evening, February 11th, on PBS stations.
In the afternoon before the music event, Michelle Obama will host
a workshop for 120 high school students selected from around the nation. The workshop, titled "Music that Inspired the Movement," will include some of the performers interacting with the students,
in talking about the significance of the civil rights movement and
the music that was such a vital part of its power and recognition.
Bob Dylan, who is universally credited with providing some of
the greatest songs in the indelible soundtrack to the civil right movement, such as "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They are
a Changin' " and "Only a Pawn in Their Game," (video at right)
will perform. Also performing will be Smokey Robinson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, John Mellencamp, Seal, Natalie Cole, The Howard University Choir, and others. Actors Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will emcee the evening.
The agenda includes songs from the Civil Rights Movement and readings of prominent writings and speeches by noted civil rights leaders. president Barack Obama's opening remarks to the concert form the East Room of the White House will be streamed live, and can be seen on http://www.whitehouse.gov, beginning at 5:15 PM Eastern Standard Time, Feb 10th.
It promises to be a memorable historical concert recalling a
difficult, proud, inspiring and victorious time in history, one of the true shining spots in the collective American experiment of freedom.