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Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs from the Civil Rights Movement

Saturday February 15, 2020
2:00 PM


Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn me ‘Round

There will be a 60-minute presentation this afternoon at 2:00 PM by storyteller, musician and political satirist Charlie King and his program partner, Candace Cassin.  This powerful event will include the history of the Civil Rights movement in the United States, using songs  narratives by participants at the time, illustrated by hundreds of historical images.  There will be many opportunities for audience members to get involved in this inspiring program.   "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn me 'Round" offers the story of the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967, highlighting activitists such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker.    

From the hidden communication between slaves to the songs fueling movements for economic justice, music has served as a tool to educate, unite and inspire. This performance piece examines the history of the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967.  Charlie King & Candace Cassin recreate these dramatic events using first person historical narrative with over a dozen songs and more than 200 images from the Civil Rights Struggle. There is an emphasis on individual acts of
courage and inspired action. Following the 50 minute scripted performance there will be a period of discussion and A.

Charlie King is a musical storyteller, movement historian and political satirist. He is the 2018 recipient of the annual Phil Ochs Award, in recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs.. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” Candace Cassin is a social service provider, spiritual director and teacher of Buddhist practice. They are married and live in Shelburne Falls MA.  Registration is not necessary for this program; space is available for 60 adults and older teens on a first-to-arrive basis.  The concert is funded by State Aid to Public Libraries.  

This program is being held to accompany this years One Book, One Community Program at Massasoit Community College, which will explore March, 3 graphic novels by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and Andrew Aydin.  The books are illustrated by Nate Powell.  Mr. Powell will speak at Masssoit on April 15 and 16.  Please visit the college website at https://library.massasoit.edu/march for more information.  


Location: Copeland Room
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