Past Event

Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

A Road Scholar Program by Chris Vallillo

From “We Shall Overcome” to “Blowing in the Wind,” music played a vital role in the civil rights movement both as an inspirational rallying point for the Freedom Riders and as a way to spread the message of equality and justice. Both old and new songs of the era spoke of the yearning for freedom, the struggle, and the determination to win freedom in a way that engaged and energized the movement and the nation. Award-winning Illinois folksinger Chris Vallillo performs pivotal songs from the music that inspired and sustained this landmark movement and discusses the impact of music on this most important social cause.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Nancy Finley, Adult Services Librarian, 630.554.3150.