Friendship Council presents ‘Soundtrack for a Revolution’ March 26

Published 11:30 am Monday, March 21, 2011

Thermal Belt Friendship Council will present a viewing of the “Soundtrack for a Revolution” on Saturday, March 26 at noon. The program will be held at Congregational Church, located at 210 Melrose Avenue in Tryon, as part of the Thermal Belt Friendship Council’s continuing Black History Month celebrations. The program is free to participants, and a light lunch will be provided by the Thermal Belt Friendship Council.

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“’Soundtrack for a Revolution’ tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music – the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond and Ambassador Andrew Young.

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“The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement and especially from the Black church. The music enabled Blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights.

‘Soundtrack for a Revolution’ celebrates the vitality of this music. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman and executive produced by Danny Glover, ‘Soundtrack for a Revolution’ is a vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances – a film of significance, energy, and power.”

For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Fox at 828-669-7318.