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The Role Of Music In The Civil Rights Movement

Carl Van Vechten Photographs collection at the Library of Congress
Singer Marian Anderson who performed "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.

This spring, the Quaker Heritage Center at Wilmington College is holding a series of talks and musical performances to highlight the power of solidarity and resistance among African-Americans, abolitionists, and Quakers. The programs address the complicated dynamics of white and African-American abolitionists who were entangled in systems of privilege and oppression throughout the 19th century.

On Thursday, February 15, at 7 p.m., the Center hosts "Of Thee We Sing: Black Music and the Quest for Equality in Post Reconstruction America." Guest speaker Dr. Tammy Kernodle will examine how music became the terrain through which black Americans advocated for equality in the late 19th century.

Joining us to discuss the series are Miami University Department of Music Professor of Musicology Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle; and Wilmington College Quaker Heritage Center Director of the Peace Resource Center Dr. Tanya Maus.