White House Celebrates Civil Rights Movement Through Music

February 11, 2010 at 12:00 AM EDT
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The civil rights era produced some of the most memorable songs in American music history. In an excerpt from the PBS program "In Performance at the White House," President and Mrs. Obama toast Black History Month with a celebration of the era's music.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight, a celebration of music from the civil rights era.

Earlier this week, President and Mrs. Obama began this year’s music series at the White House, first up, a concert in honor of Black History Month with some well-known performers. It was held in the East Room. Here is a sample.

U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you, everybody. Have a wonderful evening.

JUDY WOODRUFF: “In Performance at the White House” airs tonight on most PBS stations.