Let Freedom Ring!

Celebrating Black History by Patti Miller

An Evening of Inspiration and Song

February 22, 2013

Featuring Mary Teague, Gloria Hardiman, Chris Weaver, Cymaron Dawson, Steve George, and Doug Daller


Oh Happy Day (Chris Weaver, lead singer; Doug Daller, piano; Cymaron Dawson, directing)


We Shall Overcome (Rebecca Haven, soloist; Doug Daller, piano; Cymaron Dawson, directing)


This Little Light of Mine (Mary Teague, soloist; Gloria Hardiman, directing

From the playbill:

Welcome to Let Freedom Ring!

Recently, a New York Times article quoted a startling new Southern Poverty Law Center report that said, "Across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our Civil Rights history."

Keeping History Alive Foundation (KHAF) was established to ensure that the lessons and triumphs of the modern Civil Rights Movement are not forgotten. One of HKAF's missions is to support young people, our leaders of tomorrow, to learn from our Civil Rights history and to discover their own ways to lead our country into a more enlightened future.

We appreciate that tonight you have come to meet some of these young leaders who are in the process of experientially learning about the lives of many of their fellow travelers throughout the history of Black America. They learned the songs that kept the Spirit of the Civil Rights struggle alive. We are grateful you are here to share that Spirit with them.

Next month, the Iowa Freedom Choir will travel through the deep South where so many struggles for justice and freedom took place. They will imbibe much of the history of places such as Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King was assassinated and Birmingham, Alabama where young people bor the pain of police dog attacks and the brutal scars of fire hoses slamming them to the ground. The Choir will walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of Bloody Sunday, where local police violently dispersed a group of peaceful marchers who simply sought the right to vote.

The trip will culminate with a joint concert with the Meridian Community College Gospel Choir, swelling their numbers to 70 voices, singing the Freedom Songs you will hear tonight.

Before, during, and after the trip, the students will be filmed and will journal their experiences. This material will be used to complete the documentary Return to Freedom Summer: Passing the Torch. This film will be used as one of the tools to help Keep HIstory Alive.

We are grateful for your support for this project and for your attendance here tonight. Enjoy this evening of stirring and transformative history!

 

Iowans Return To Freedom Summer - Trailer

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