"African American Freedom Songs," part of Emory's Annual Founders Day Festival
A.C. McMillan African American Museum presents...
What: "African American Freedom Songs"
part of Emory's Annual Founders Day Festival
When:10:30am, Saturday, May 4, 2013
Where: A.C. McMillan African American Museum
149 South Texas Street
Cost: Free to the public
For more information contact
Gwendolyn McMillan Lawe
The A.C. McMillan African American Museum of Emory, Texas is proud to present “African American Freedom Songs,” a participatory music and cultural education program that celebrates African American traditional song culture and it’s connection to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. This spirited survey of soulful music and song includes opportunities for attendees to sing along with the programmed music and engage in a discussion/question-answer session on the cultural significance of the tradition.
The song program is conducted by Sylvia Lawe Williams, an accomplished and gifted gospel singer from Longview, Texas. Sylvia will lead the songs, but audience participation is highly encouraged. Harold McMillan, Black Music Cultural Historian and director of Austin's DiverseArts Culture Works, will offer a presentation on the cultural traditions of African American music. Again, discussion, questions and participation is encouraged. Though the event includes a significant educational aspect, the idea of this program is really for attendees to have a good time and enjoy the music—while learning cultural history.
As part of this year’s Founders Day Festival, the Museum is offering this event to highlight the rich cultural legacy of members of Emory’s (and Rain’s County’s) African American Community, while stressing that all of our history is a shared American History. The Museum firmly believes that this program, and others like it, serve the purpose of bringing various segments of the community together in celebration of the cultural life and history of all who live in Rains County.
"African American Freedom Songs” will be presented Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:30am at the A.C. McMillan African American Museum. The Museum is located at 149 South Texas Street, in downtown Emory, Texas. This program is FREE and open to the public. We encourage all adults, youth and families to attend and join us in singing the “Freedom Songs.” It promises to be a fun and entertaining event, and a truly unique addition to excellent roster of programs offer this Founders Day.