In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement
President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert event in honor of Black History Month. Artists include Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir. Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will serve as emcees.
The evening will feature songs from the Civil Rights Movement performed by these top entertainers, as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings. “The songs of the Civil Rights Movement capture the spirit of that critical period so memorably. To honor these songs at the White House and in a broadcast during Black History Month is a testament to that historic period in the American story, one that continues to change our lives,” commented Jacquie Jones, executive director of the National Black Programming Consortium.
“Through this remarkable program, we are affirming our common values and the contribution of cultural diversity to our civil society,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). “CPB, through public service media, is committed to the development of programs for all Americans that inspire, educate, inform and entertain. The ‘In Performance at the White House’ series is a shining example of this mission.”
Natalie Cole performs "I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free."
Bob Dylan performs "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson perform "People Get Ready"