To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King's electrifying "I Have a Dream" speech, Bill Cohen and Paisha Thomas will lead a sing-along of Songs that Changed the Nation on Friday, August 23 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road.
The celebration will recall the tunes that black and white civil rights demonstrators sang as they faced beatings, bites from police dogs, jail, and sometimes death. Bill Cohen and Paisha Thomas will sing the simple songs and invite everyone to sing along.
Also featured will be vintage film footage of key triumphs and tragedies of the movement: the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins, the 1961 freedom rides, the 1963 March on Washington, the 1965 marches in Selma, and the many murders of blacks and whites alike at the hands of southern racists. Classic photos of civil rights struggles, taken by Alan Zak, will be on display.
Suggested donation is $10 per person at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Clintonville- Beechwold Community Resource Center. The event is sponsored by the First UU Church and the Columbus Folk Music Society. For more information, contact Bill Cohen at (614) 263-3851 or visit the www.spiritofthe1960s.com website.