:: Title :: Introduction and welcome announcement by Alan Lomax
:: Genre :: spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: Setting :: Central Park
:: Location :: Manhattan, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American
:: Session :: Central Park Concert 8/65
:: Date :: 08/1965
:: Reference Information :: T1816.0, Track 1 (00:04:00)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - A concert of Southern African American "antebellum musical traditions," held in New York City's Central Park at the height of the Civil Rights era, in the summer of 1965. Produced by Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival in cooperation with the Newport Folk Foundation, the concert was directed by Ralph Rinzler and MC'd by Alan Lomax. It featured the Georgia Sea Island Singers (Bessie Jones, John Davis, Peter Davis, Emma Ramsay, and Mable Hillery), Ed Young's Southern Fife and Drum Corps, and Reverend Gary Davis. Fred McDowell's name appeared on the promotional material for the concert but apparently cancelled. The performers give commentary on their material. Joan Halifax assisted Lomax with the recording and tape box notes. (This concert was ostensibly the second the Shakespeare Festival and Newport Foundation produced that summer, with a Newport Folk Festival Preview held a month earlier.) [Source: Tapebox]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Alan Lomax speaks about the purpose of the concert: to celebrate the newly acquired right of African Americans to vote in the Southern states and to introduce authentic black music of Mississippi to the audiences of New York City that had previously taken Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger to their hearts. Black American music -- jazz and popular -- is loved all over the world, he says. These are its roots. Introducing the fife and drum music of Ed Young of Como, Mississippi. Note: The previous year had seen the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, Pub. L. No. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241 (July 2, 1964) outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin transformed American society. This law prohibited discrimination in public facilities, in government, and in employment. The Jim Crow laws in the South were abolished, and it became illegal to compel segregation of the 'races' in schools, housing, or hiring. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Central Park Concert 1965



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