Past Event

Music of the Civil Rights Movement

A Road Scholar Program by Chris Vallillo

From "We Shall Overcome" to "This Little Light of Mine," music played a vital role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, spreading the message of equality and justice and rallying people to the cause. Songs both old and new spoke of the yearning for freedom and the struggle and determination to attain it in ways that engaged and energized the movement and the nation. Award-winning folk singer Chris Vallillo performs essential songs that inspired and sustained participants in the Civil Rights Movement and discusses the importance of music to this vital chapter in American history. This presentation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Barry Hancock, 618-985-2828.