Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

St. Louisans marching to mourn Dr. King. Photograph, 1968. Missouri History Museum.

Visitors to the Missouri History Museum have a unique opportunity to be part of an engaging, musical experience centered on one of the nation’s most expressive and impactful moments in history. Focused on the “underlying musical pulse” of the nation’s Civil Rights Movement, the Freedom Arts & Education Center presents Songs of the Civil Rights Movement LIVE as part of the museum’s exhibit, #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis.

Many artists have lend their voices during times of civil rights tension and change. They brought beats, lyrics and a way to connect on a musical level with others who were faced with similar adversities. Such artists include Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Mavis Staple, Public Enemy, Kendrick Lamar and others.

The one-night program provides opportunities for guests to learn about the impact of music as it encouraged and empowered change in equality and freedom. A lineup of St. Louis musical artists will also take listeners on “a journey through the history of the Civil Rights Movement” in special performances. Musical guests include Alexis Coleman, Michelle Higgins, Andrew Gibson and others.

Songs of the Civil Rights Movement LIVE takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 in the Lee Auditorium. Admission is free. The #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis continues until Sunday, April 15, 2018.

For more information visit or call 314-746-4599.

Kaitlynn Martin is the editorial intern at Feast Magazine and Ladue News. Chicago-style hot dogs will forever have her heart.

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