black history month iv: this land is our land


Freedom: in Concert at the Library of Congress 1940 Album Cover.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th amendment which banned slavery in the US as the civil war ended.

It marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act which, a century late, provided federal enforcement of the right to vote in states that had systematically denied that right.

In 1940, to mark the 75th anniversary of the 13th amendment, the Library of Congress hosted a concert featuring performances and commentary on American Negro music. We’ll listen to some of that, featuring Josh White, the Golden Gate Quartet, and scholars Alain Locke, Sterling Brown and Alan Lomax.

We’ll also hear a performance by a chorus of children of Selma of original songs celebrating the struggle for voting rights.

And—this week marks the 75th anniversary of the writing of  ‘This Land is Your Land‘. We aim to have you hear the song as you have never heard it.

culture of protest thurs. 2/26/15 6pm pst kcsb