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A Musical Legacy

Aug 25, 2013
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(Left) photo by Leonard Freed/Magnum; (right) Austin Clinton Brown, 9, of Gainesville, Ga (Photo by AP)

The names of the time were there: Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, James Baldwin, even Charles Heston.

And the musicians: Josephine Baker; Lena Horne; 22-year-old Bob Dylan; Joan Baez; Peter, Paul & Mary.

August 28th, 1963.

The March on Washington.

“I have a dream today!” roared Martin Luther King, Junior.

To commemorate this historic day, folk singer Ross Altman presents the Musical Legacy of the Great March. It will feature folk music originally performed on that day by Dylan, Baez, Len Chandler, and Peter, Paul and Mary.

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The performance will also include a few songs that became prominent in the months leading up to the March from the 1963 Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger and the Mississippi Freedom Singers, and in the aftermath (such as Richard Farina’s “Birmingham Sunday”).

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Folksinger Ross Altman. “I sing ‘to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.’”

The day will conclude with a 50th anniversary remembrance of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that occurred on November 22nd, 1963.

The March on Washington: the Musical Legacy
Saturday, August 31st, 2 p.m.
Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena 91106
Event is free and all ages are welcome
For more information, contact Shauna Redmond at 626.744.7260
Or email sredmond@cityofpasadena.net
CityofPasadena.net/calendar

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Thanks to TV.msnbc.com for the historic photos.

 

 

 




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