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Posted on: November 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Chris Vallillo Concert Performs Songs of the Civil Rights Movement for RIPL

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The Rock Island Public Library brings you a live concert of "Songs of the Civil Rights Movement" online featuring Macomb singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo on Tuesday, November 10.

The Rock Island Public Library is proud to present Macomb singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo in a special online concert of Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement at Noon on Tuesday, November 10. The free concert will be livestreamed via Facebook Live.

The award-winning folksinger will perform pivotal songs that inspired and sustained this landmark movement. From “We Shall Overcome” to “This Little Light of Mine”, music played a vital role in the civil rights movement, both as inspirational rallying points and as a way of spreading the message of equality and justice. Intermixed with the music, Vallillo presents first-hand accounts of the historic struggle and discusses the impact of music to this important social cause. The show was originally created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, and has been frequently performed ever since. 

The presentation is free and open to anyone viewing via Facebook. 

A different version of this program was originally planned as part of the Library’s Tuneful Tuesday series. Vallillo’s performance is funded by a gift from James and Carol Horstmann, with additional support from the Louise McCarty Memorial Fund. 

To tune in, visit the Rock Island Public Library or Chris Vallillo Music Facebook pages. 

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