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Kansas City Jazz and the Early Civil Rights Movement

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February 28, 2015, 7:00 PM CT

Presented by Kevin Rabas

Kansas City jazz thrived on diversity: just as it melded and reshaped African and European musical traditions, it also gained energy and vitality from the talents of musicians of all races. KC's jazz visionaries crossed social barriers and championed racial integration. This presentation explores how musicians such as Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, and Lester Young drew national attention to the need for racial harmony by integrating KC's black musicians union, touring with integrated bands, and writing songs that advocated equal rights in the early years of the Civil Rights movement.

Park City Public Library
2107 E. 61st St N
Park City, KS 67219
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Sponsored by: Park City PRIDE

For more information about this event, please contact:
Linda Holsey
(316) 744-0752
Email
http://www.parkcitypride.info