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Public Invited to Oh, Freedom! Music of the Civil Rights Movement


Chris Vallillo

A free music program, “Oh, Freedom! Music of the Civil Rights Movement,” will be presented at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the West Reading Room of Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University.

The music will be performed by Chris Vallillo, a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and folk musician. Vallillo performs on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica while discussing the impact of music upon the Civil Rights Movement. His program is sponsored through a grant from Illinois Humanities.

Vallillo’s program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” a national traveling exhibition on display through Oct. 20. The exhibit and all programs are free and open to the public. Details are available here or by contacting project director Ellen Corrigan, or 581-8456.

“For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” is sponsored by The Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore; National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution; NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities; and Mid-America Arts Alliance. Local sponsors of the series are the Tarble Arts Center, Academy of Lifelong Learning and Illinois Humanities.


MEDIA CONTACT:  Beth Heldebrandt, Booth Library;; 217-581-6064



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