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Music and the Movement

During the Civil Rights Movement, mass meetings overflowed with people singing and clapping to freedom songs, demanding justice in the face of oppression and showing courage in the face of danger. Join us for a roundtable discussion with five veteran activists as they speak about the power of the music of the Movement.

As song leaders, Bettie Mae Fikes, Charles Neblett, and Hollis Watkins carried the music in their own communities in the South or across the nation as part of the SNCC Freedom Singers. Meanwhile, Candie Carawan and Worth Long worked to document the music of the Movement, recording and preserving the songs that moved people to action. They experienced firsthand how music was a tool for liberation, not only bringing people together but holding them together.

The conversation will be moderated by SNCC veteran Charles Cobb. 

Location: This event takes place at the Alfonso Elder Student Union at North Carolina Central University. 

Parking is free at NCCU after 5:00 p.m., and a lot is available on Nelson St. next to the Elder Student Union.

Many thanks to our co-sponsors: SNCC Legacy Project, Duke University Libraries, Center for Documentary Studies, and North Carolina Central University.


More about SNCC:

The SNCC Digital Gateway


For more information, contact:

Kaley Deal, SNCC Digital Gateway Project Coordinator


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Other (see event description)
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