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Special Events

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Introduction:
Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert - Bernice Johnson Reagon Song Family: Continuum of Songs, Singing and Struggle. Bernice Johnson Reagon's work as a carrier of African American congregational singing traditions spans more than four decades. During that time she worked collaboratively with Ralph Rinzler on different projects related to the preservation and sharing of traditional music and the importance of music as part of the culture of struggle and resistance. Reagon, using her southwest Georgia beginnings as a foundation, began the evening with a congregational sing. The concert also featured performances by the SNCC Freedom Singers, Sweet Honey ln The Rock, and Toshi Reagon and Big Lovely.

Power and Glory: Folk Songs of the Presidency. This concert was held in conjunction with The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden exhibition at the National Museum of American History, Behring Center, and featured Oscar Brand with John Foley, Josh White Jr., Joe Glazer, and Magpie.

Across Generations: A Centennial Tribute to Margaret Mead. Anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) was an enthusiastic supporter of the Festival, and so it was fitting that the Center paid tribute to her during her centennial year with a program that reftects a shared interest: the transmission of culture across generations. The Flowers Family Singers, Walker Calhoun and the Raven Rock Dancers, and the Sau Family Orchestra presented their traditions - old and new - and shared thoughts on the interactions between age groups by which cultural traditions are communicated, how they change, and what they mean to the tradition-bearers and the identity of their larger communities.

For the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, Bernice Johnson Reagon was Curator and Kate Rinzler was Program Coordinator. For the Tribute to Margaret Mead, Carla Borden was Curator and James Early, Rayna Green, and Ethel Raim were presenters. For Folk Songs of the American Presidency, Howard Bass was Curator and Dennis Callahan was Associate.

The Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert was made possible by the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Funds. The Tribute to Margaret Mead was made possible by the Institute for Intercultural Studies and the Office of the Senior Scholar Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution. The American Presidency exhibition was made possible by the generous support of Kenneth E. Behring; The History Channel; Chevy Chase Bank; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Elizabeth and Whitney MacMillan; and Heidi and Max Berry; with additional support provided by Automatic Data Processing, Inc.; Business 2.0; KPMG LLP; Sears, Roebuck and Co.; and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
Participants:
Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert: The Bernice Johnson Reagon Song Family

Bernice Johnson Reagan

SNCC FREEDOM SINGERS -- SNCC FREEDOM SINGERSRutha Mae HarrisCharles NeblettBernice Johnson Reagan

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK -- SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCKBernice Johnson ReaganYsaye M. BarnwellNitanju Bolade CaselAisha KahlilShirley Childress Saxton, sign-language interpreter

TOSHI REAGON AND BIG LOVELY

Power and Glory: Folksongs of the Presidency

Oscar Brand, vocals, guitar

John Foley, guitar

Josh White Jr., vocals, guitar

Joe Glazer, vocals, guitar

MAGPIE -- MAGPIEGreg Artzner, vocals, instrumentals, Takoma Park, MarylandTerry Leonina, vocals, instrumentals, Takoma Park, Maryland
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.2001, Series 5
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Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-2001-ref42

Festival Recordings: Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert: African American Congressional Singing (Bernice Johnson Reagan), The SNCC Freedom Singers (Rutha Mae Harris, Charles Neblett, Bernice Johnson Reagan, Toshi Reagon) (Bernice Johnson Reagon), Sweet Hon...

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Date:
2001 June 30
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.2001, Item FP-2001-CT-0025
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival / Series 5: Special Events / 5.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-2001-ref954

Program in African American Culture Collection

Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Extent:
100 Cubic feet (309 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Photographs
Date:
1850-2004, undated
Summary:
The collection primarily documents the activities of the National Museum of American History's Program in African American Culture (PAAC) dating from 1979 through 2004. The Program in African American Culture (PAAC) created public programs documenting the black experience in the United States, as well as, other countries. Archival materials include photographs, programs, administrative files, magnetic tape, audiocassettes, U-matic and VHS video cassettes.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists primarily of administrative files, audio, video, and photographic documentation of the programs presented by the Program in African American Culture (PAAC) from 1979 through 2004. There is a substantial amount of material documenting research conducted by the Program in African American Culture (PAAC) for its programming. In addition, administrative paperwork relating to the day-to-day activities of the Program in African American Culture (PAAC) are also included in the materials.

The collection is divided into four series. Series one consists of the material created for each program and is arranged in chronological order. Series two contains background materials and publications relating to subjects of program interest and is arranged in alphabetical order. Series three includes correspondence, contracts, resumes of presenters and performers and other forms of administrative files. Series four are materials relating to Smithsonian Institution or outside programs and performances.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1, Programs Files, 1979-2004, undated

Series 2, Research Files, 1850-1995, undated

Series 3, Administrative Files, 1850-1995, undated

Series 4, Interviews, Speaking Engagements and Performances, 1964-2000, undated
Biographical / Historical:
The Program in African American Culture (PAAC) is a Smithsonian Institution research and programming office located in the National Museum of American History that was created as an outgrowth of the African Diaspora component of the 1975 and 1976 Festival of American Folklife. Founding director, Bernice Johnson Reagon, developed the Program in Black Culture, as the PAAC was originally, as a center for researching and presenting topics of interest to the study of African American history and culture. Reagon is a song leader, composer, scholar, and social activist, who was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers in the Albany Movement in Georgia. The Program, which was transferred to the National Museum of American History in 1983, provided, and continues to provide, a forum for the presentation of traditional and historical forms of African American cultural expression. To accomplish this, Program in African American Culture (PAAC) staff conducted thorough research, which resulted in public programs including conferences, concerts, colloquia, and seminars on a wide range of topics.
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Smithsonian Institution

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1969 Festival of American Folklife (CFCH.SFF.1969)

Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, June 25-July 6, 1997 (CFCH.SFF.1997)

Diana Davies Photographs (CFCH.DAVIE)

Smithsonian Institution Archivesemph>

Oral History Interview with Bernice Reagon Johnson, 1986 (Accession 009612)

National Museum of American History, Program in African American Culture, 1982-2002 (Accession 05-116)

National Museum of American History, Program in African American Culture, 1983-2004 (Accession 06-002)

National Museum of American History, Program in African American Culture, 1972-1999 (Accession 08-107)

National Museum of American History, Program in African American Culture, 1975-2000 (Accession 12-102)

National Museum of American History, Program in African American Culture, 1976-1999 (Accession 12-358)

National Museum of American History, Program in African American Culture, 1980-1992, 1961 (Accession 96-147)

Duke Ellington Collection Records, circa 1985-1993 (Accession 98-129)

National Museum of American History, Program in Black American Culture, circa 1976-1987 (Accession 98-136)

Smithsonian Institution. Division of Performing Arts (Accession 84-012)
Provenance:
Collection created by the Program in African Amerian Culture at the Smithsonian Institution from 1979-1986.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Civil rights  Search this
African American history  Search this
African American religion  Search this
Gospel music  Search this
African Americans -- Music  Search this
Civil rights movements  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Photographs -- 1980-2000
Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0408
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0408
Online Media:

Of Songs, Peace, and Struggle Series, Making a Revolution: The Music, Tears and Joy

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 5-6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988 January 16
Scope and Contents:
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration held Saturday, January 16, 1988, in the Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The program included a lecture and discussion given by Dorothy Cotton and a song workshop conducted by Dorothy Cotton, with a special appearance by the Original Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers, including Rutha Harris, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Charles Neblett, and Cordell Reagon. The program also included a museum tour of objects and exhibitions related to the history of social change in America

Program number AC408.53.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 1: Program Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1212

Of Songs, Peace, and Struggle Series, African American Student Movements: The Art of Struggle, photographs and brochure

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 20, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1991 January 19
Scope and Contents:
On Saturday, January 19, 1991, the Program in African American Culture presented African American Student Movements: The Art of Struggle Program in the Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, in commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program included two lectures and a song workshop, featuring John Bracey, Bernice Johnson Reagon and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee Freedom Singers. It also included a museum tour of objects and exhibitions related to the history of social change in America. The program consists of audio and video recordings. Program number AC408.69.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 1: Program Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1257

Of Songs, Peace, and Struggle Series, Anne Braden and C. T. Vivian: Two Voices in the Ongoing Struggle for Freedom and Justice

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 25, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997 January 18
Scope and Contents:
Annual commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presented on January 18, 1997. Niani Kilkenny made welcome remarks. Program offered a conversation with Reverend C. T. Vivian, Anne Braden and Bernice Johnson Reagon, audience questions and discussion. A musical concert in the Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution featured the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers, Betty Mae Fikes, Rutha Mae Harris, and Charles Neblett, with Bernice Johnson Reagon in memory of Cordell Hull Reagon. Program number AC0408.99.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 1: Program Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1305

Bearing Witness to a Dream Deferred: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 26, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2003 August 22
Scope and Contents:
The program "Bearing Witness to a Dream Deferred" commemorated the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On August 28, 1963, an estimated crowd of 250,000 to 500,000 people gathered for the historic event. At the time this was the largest and most widely covered political demonstration in American history, and it captured the attention of the United States and the world. People listened to speeches and songs calling for the passage of the Civil Rights Bill, desegregation of schools and housing, elimination of racial discrimination in hiring, job training, an increase in the minimum wage, and the enforcement of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. The finale of the day was Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The program format was a roundtable discussion, followed by audience questions and discussion, and culminating in songs of struggle and freedom by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) freedom singers.

The program took place in the Carmichael Auditorium at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution. It was sponsored by the Program in African American Culture in collaboration with the Honorable John Lewis, United States House of Representatives, Georgia (D), the Honorable Reverend Walter E. Fauntroy, Co-Convener, and the 40th Anniversary March on Washington Coalition.

Participants included:

Reverend Walter E. Fauntroy, pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church, Washington, DC; and president, National Black Leadership Roundtable (NBLR)

Rutha Mae Harris, educator of exceptional students, Monroe Comprehensive High School; and founder of the Albany Civil Rights Museum Freedom singers, Georgia

The Honorable John Lewis, Congressman, Georgia's Fifth Congressional District, United States House of Representatives

Charles D. Neblett, first Black elected magistrate, Logan County, Kentucky

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, Delegate for the District of Columbia, United States House of Representatives

Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ph.D., scholar, composer, singer, activist, and professor emeritus, history, American University

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers, traveled throughout the United States spreading the Civil Rights Message

Program number AC408.121.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 1: Program Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1329

Freedom Singers, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), rehearsal

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 61, Reel 6
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1963
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 4: Interviews, Speaking Engagements and Performances
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1536

Freedom Singers, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Ashgrove, Los Angeles, California

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 61, Reel 4
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1963-10
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 4: Interviews, Speaking Engagements and Performances
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1537

Freedom Singers

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 61, Reel 9
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1966-12-12
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 4: Interviews, Speaking Engagements and Performances
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1542

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (VCRM), Freedom Singers, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), reel to reel tape, OT7 408.5.110

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel
Container:
Box 112, Item 3
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound tape reels
Date:
circa 1963
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 4: Interviews, Speaking Engagements and Performances
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1696

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Singers by Bob Adelman

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 1: Program Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1057

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, audio cassette, OTC 408.5.1

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 113, Cassette 15
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1980-02-02
Scope and Contents:
Wednesday, January 30, 1980, Songleaders' Workshop. Session I: "Introductions Through Song"

Side A

Bernice Johnson Reagon, Director of the Program in African American Culture in Performing Arts at the Smithsonian Institution, welcomes conference attendees.

Julian Euell, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Smithsonian Institution, gives welcome speech discussing the Office of Public Service's work with African American culture; the need to recapture the spirit of change present in the 1960s; and the need to use the feeling and energy of the 1960s to progress into the 1980s.

Bernice Johnson Reagon discusses the role of the Smithsonian in representing American cultures. Explains the conference is a result of the Civil Rights' Movement which addressed the potential of society.

Introduction of the songleaders. Each songleader introduces self with a song.

Bernice Johnson Reagon, Albany, Georgia, Albany College, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sings "Shine On Me."

Cordell Reagon, Sit-in Movement; Freedom Rides, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Nashville, Tennessee; Mississippi; Alabama; Southwest Georgia Project; Cairo, Illinois; Mississippi Summer Project '64; Danville, Virginia.

Side B

Cordell Reagon (continued) sings "If You Walk For Freedom."

Guy Carawan, Highlander Research Center; Nashville, Tennessee. Speaks about the Highlander Center and its role in developing folk music, especially in the Civil Rights' Movement, and traveling throughout the South in the 1960s.

Guy and Candie Carawan perform "They Go Wild Over Me." Willie Peacock, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); Mississippi. Speaks of his inspiration to make change. Sings "Come By Here."

Amanda Bowens Perdew, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); Americus, Georgia Movement; Americus Trio. Tells the story of her first mass meeting. Sings "I Ain't Scared A' Your Jail."

Charles Neblett, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); Cairo, Illinois; Freedom Singers I and II; Mississippi Summer Project '64.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 1: Program Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1721

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, audio cassette, OTC 408.5.2

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 113, Cassette 17
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1980-02-02
Scope and Contents:
Wednesday. January 30. 1980 Songleaders' Workshop. Session I: "Introductions Through Song" 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Side A

CHARLES NEBLETT (cont.) Sings "Which Side Are You On?"

HOLLIS WATKINS, SNCC; Mississippi. Sings "I'm Gonna Leave You In the Hands Of the Lord" "Which Side Are You On?"

CLEO KENNEDY, Birmingham Movement; SCLC. Sings "One Day Men Will Walk Together (Side By Side)" or "Can't You See Freedom Coming?"

REVEREND CHARLES SHERROD, Sit-in Movement; SNCC; Rock Hill, NC; Southwest Georgia Project. Sings "Do What the Spirit Says Do"

SideB

REVEREND CHARLES SHERROD (cont.)

JOYCELYN (MICAELA) McKISSICK (MYERS), Sit-in Movement; CORE; CORE Freedom Singers. Speaks about African American men in the prison system and the CORE Freedom Singers. Sings "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

CHICO NEBLETT, SNCC; Cairo, IL; Freedom Singers I and II; Southwest Georgia Project; Mississippi Summer Project '64. Sings "Brother You're Right (We Gonna Fight For Our Rights)"

EVESTER SIMPSON MORRIS Sings "This Little Light Of Mine"

REVEREND JAMES BEVEL, Sit-in Movement; Freedom Rides; SNCC; SCLC; Nashville, TN; Mississippi; Birmingham, AL.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, audio cassette, OTC 408.5.3

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 113, Cassette 19
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1980-02-02
Scope and Contents:
Wednesday. January 30. 1980 Songleaders' Workshop. Session II: "Introductions Through Song II" 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Side A

REVEREND JAMES BEVEL (cont.) Discusses the philosophy of his ministry, topics include: non-violence, the struggle of the 1980's, vegetarianism, and humility. Sings "Lord Forgive Me"

Remarks by BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON.

Side B

Songleaders sing "To Know Freedom (Shall Be Mine)"

BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON opens second session of "Introductions Through Song" facilitated by GUY CARAWAN.

RUTHA MAE HARRIS, Albany Movement; SNCC; SCLC; Freedom Singers. Sings "This Little Light of Mine" "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round"

CARLTON REESE, Birmingham Movement; SCLC. Sings "He Knows (How Much We Can Bear)" "Four Little Kids Were Killed in Birmingham"

LEN CHANDLER, Mississippi Summer '64; Arkansas; Selma to Montgomery March. Speaks of "cultural rip-off' in US schools and Northern versus Southern Freedom Songs.

Last 11 minutes blank.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
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Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, audio cassette, OTC 408.5.4

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 113, Cassette 21
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1980-02-02
Scope and Contents:
Wednesday, January 30. 1980 Songleaders' Workshop. Session II: "Introductions Through Song II" 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Side A

LEN CHANDLER (cont.) Sings "Move On Over," to the tune of "John Brown's Body" or "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

BETTY MAE FIKES, Selma Movement; SNCC; Freedom Singers. Sings "Yes God Is Real (I Can Feel It Down In My Soul)"

MATTHEW JONES, SNCC; Tennessee; Danville, VA; Freedom Singers

Last 14 minutes blank.

Side B

MATTHEW JONES (cont.) Sings "Oginga Odinga" and gives background on the song. Sings "I'm a Long Ways From Home"

JAMILA (MARY ETHEL JONES), Montgomery Bus Boycott; Montgomery Trio. Sings "Murder on the Road In Alabama"

EMORY HARRIS, Albany Movement; SNCC; SCLC; Freedom Singers. Sings "The Lucky 01' Sun"

MARSHALL JONES, SNCC; Tennessee; Freedom Singers

Five minutes blank.

From later in Session II: REVEREND FREDERICK DOUGLAS KIRKPATRICK sings "Frank Wills" and "No Cross, No Crown" CHARLES FREENEY sings "One More Time (Lord I'm Glad To Be In This Number)"
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1813

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, audio cassette, OTC 408.5.5

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 113, Cassette 23
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1980-02-02
Scope and Contents:
Wednesday, January 30. 1980 Songleaders' Workshop. Session II: "Introductions Through Song II" 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Side A

MARSHALL JONES (cont.) Sings a medley including "In My Life I Loved Them All," "Oh, Freedom," "In the Mississippi" and "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round"

JAMES PEACOCK, SNCC; Mississippi; Freedom Singers II; Freedom Voices. Sings "Get On Board, Little Children"

DOROTHY COTTON, Petersburg, VA Movement; SCLC Voter Education Training Center. Sings "Strange Fruit"

SideB

DOROTHY COTTON (cont.) Sings "Come By Here"

JIMMY COLLIER, SCLC; Alabama; Chicago, IL; Poor People's March. Sings "Hands Off Encrouma" "I'm On My Way (To Freedom Land)"

JAMES ORANGE, SCLC; Alabama; Chicago, IL; Poor People's Campaign; Jimmy Collier and The Movement Singers. Sings "Oh Wallace" with JIMMY COLLIER.

REVEREND FREDERICK DOUGLAS KIRKPATRICK, Louisiana Deacons for Defense; SCLC; Poor People's Campaign.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1815

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, audio cassette, OTC 408.5.12

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 114, Cassette 2
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1984-03-02
Scope and Contents:
Thursday. January 31. 1980 Session II: "Groups and Ensembles" 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Side A

GUY and CANDIE CARAWAN perform "We Shall Overcome" (cont.)

GUY CARAWAN and JAMILA perform "We Are Not Afraid," a version of "We Shall Overcome"

JOYCELYN McKISSICK (MICAELA) sings: "We Went Down To Mississippi" "Take This Hammer" "Get Your Rights Jack" "Certainly Lord" "Freedom Train A Coming" "We're Marching On To Zion"

Last 12 minutes blank.

SideB

"Freedom Train A Coming" "We're Marching On To Zion"

SNCC Freedom Singers I: BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON, CHARLES NEBLETT, RUTHA MAE HARRIS, CORDELL REAGON sing: "Fighting For My (Our) Rights" "We Shall Not Be Moved" "Woke Up This Morning With Freedom On My Mind" "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round" "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" "Going Back To Southwest Georgia" or "I'm A Man of Constant Sorrow" "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child"

BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON introduces PETE SEEGER who talks about the history of the protest song from pre-biblical to modern times.

Last 12 minutes blank.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
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Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, audio cassette, OTC 408.5.14

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 114, Cassette 6
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Thursday. January 31. 1980 Session III: "Groups and Ensembles" 8:20 pm - 9:25 pm

Side A

BETTY MAE FIKES (cont.) "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" "Walk With Me Lord" "This Little Light of Mine" "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

Remarks by BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON including background on the Freedom Singers II. Introduces members CHARLES NEBLETT, MATT JONES, CHICO NEBLETT, JAMES PEACOCK, RAFAEL BENTHAM, EMORY HARRIS, and MARSHALL JONES.

Freedom Singers II sing "Oginga Odinga"

Last 13 minutes blank.

SideB

Freedom Singers II (cont) "OF Tire' River" "In the Mississippi River" "Demonstrating GI" "No Jail, No Bail (Can't Fight It All Alone)" DOROTHY COTTON sings "Wade In the Water"

Last 10 minutes blank.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access and use of audiovisual materials available in the Archives Center reading room or by requesting copies of audiovisual materials at NMAHRightsReproductions@si.edu
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1832

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, audio cassette, OTC 408.5.37

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 115, Cassette 22-23
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Conference proceedings February 1 - 2. 1980. Exhibit opening music and Concert I. c. 1 of 4.

Side A From RTC 408.5.13 Side B BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON sings " Lift Every Voice and Sing" Introduces BETTY MAE FIKES, she talks about Selma, AL.

Approximately 2 minutes blank

Friday. February 1. 1980. "We'll Never Turn Back" Photo Exhibit Opening Songleaders sing: "This Little Light of Mine" "Freedom Train A Coming" "We'll Never Turn Back" "We Shall Overcome"

Break

From RTC 408.5.14 Side A Remarks by BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON Introduces the Freedom Singers II who sing "Oginga Odinga"

SideB

Saturday. February 2. 1980. Songleaders' Workshop Concert I c. 1 of 4

"This Little Light of Mine" "We Are Soldiers" "Oh Freedom" "We'll Never Turn Back"

BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON makes remarks and introduces BERNARD LAFAYETTE.

BERNARD LAFAYETTE talks about the Freedom Rides Ten minutes blank

From 408.5.13 Side A AMANDA BOWENS PERDEW
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions exist. Collection items available for reproduction Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Program in African American Culture Collection
Program in African American Culture Collection / Series 1: Program Files
Archival Repository:
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0408-ref1878

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