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August 28, 2013

The songs that helped shape the Civil Rights Era


From PumaBydesign001 - The songs that helped shape the Civil Rights Era

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington, D.C. and Dr. King's infamous "I Have a Dream Speech".

I recall that it was a summer afternoon, Wednesday to be exact and I remember my mother sitting us down in front of the television set to watch the March on Washington.

As young as we were, we knew that something special was taking place and thus, there was no debate about how we would rather be outside playing stickball instead on a summer afternoon.

We sat there, listened, watched and absorbed history in the making.

It was a memorable day for an eight year old. Marion Anderson AND Mahalia Jackson were present. Even more amazing is it that for some reason, much of the footage of both of these two incredible women that afternoon among others is so difficult to track down.

Moving on....Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary were among those who made history that afternoon in front of the Lincoln Memorial as well.

Many of the songs from the Civil Rights era are embedded in all of us. It was an emotional journey. After all, those were emotional times and having grown up during that era, watching it play out in the newspapers and on the 6:00 news, I found myself journeying further back than the March on Washington, aware that God was at the wheel. Continue reading HERE.

Posted by LadyR at August 28, 2013 6:51 PM

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