This Newport Folk Festival Preview Concert at New York City’s Central Park was held at the height of the Civil Rights era, in the summer of 1965. Alan Lomax, who produced and emceed the concert, evidently wanted to bring New York audiences closer to the black South and what was happening there through this event. The concert featured Reverend Gary Davis, Bessie Jones, Mable Hillery, John Davis, Peter Davis, Emma Ramsay, Ed Young, Lonnie Young, and Lonnie Young, Jr. The performers give commentary on their material. Joan Halifax assisted and made notes on the tape boxes; little else is known about the surrounding circumstances.