National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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Just a few minutes to share some pictures from yesterday, then we're off on the bus to Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham for more singing and sight seeing.

Singing about civil rights at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights was a moving experience. In the museum, we took in the exhibits of the civil rights movement from its beginnings in the 1960's. Sobering and thought-provoking, the museum shows it like it was, with all the horror of the attacks on marchers and protesters and their bravery and restraint in response. In anticipation of our concert, the Center programmed a special exhibit about the Red Summer of 1919 so museum goers had a chance to learn a little background on the events that we were singing to commenorate. Especially moving to me was the performance of "And They Lynched Him on a Tree," with our own second alto Annette Singletary singing the role of the mother of the black man who was hanged. The songs following that offered solace and healing to the audience that had gathered to hear us.

Now we're off to Montgomery and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice!