Kansas City Jazz and the Early Civil Rights Movement
June 27, 2015, 1:00 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.
Marysville Public Library
Marysville, KS 66508-1814
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