Preceding a free screening of documentary Let Freedom Sing (dir. Jon Goodman, 2009), join us for a socially-distanced and masked community sing of “Lift Every Voice,” the classic hymn known as the Black national anthem, led by Hudson’s own Anneice Cousin. David Sytkowski, a visiting artist in residence at Bard College, will provide accompaniment.
Whether it was blues, folk, gospel, or R&B, the civil rights movement drew strength, focus, and power through music. Let Freedom Sing (dir. Jon Goodman, 2009) is a formidable chronicle of the individuals who cried out, in song, against inequality, racism, poverty, and war. With never-before-seen footage and affecting accounts from the Mississippi Freedom Riders, who sang every day as they risked life and limb, to GRAMMY-winning artists who continue to pen inspired lyrics capable of moving a nation, this doc explores the civil rights movement and its continuing impact on music, politics, and culture.
FREE, reservations recommended.
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Hudson Hall’s programming is made possible by New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Kathy Hochul and the New York Legislature.