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Kids Commute - Civil Rights Week!

This week, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

Welcome to a new week on IPR's Kids Commute. This week starts out on Monday, January 20, which is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In his honor, we've put together Civil Rights Week, with history and music that celebrates his legacy.

KC 381 - CIVIL RIGHTS WEEK! Tuesday: Today, we continue Civil Rights Week with the brave and determined activist Fannie Lou Hamer. We'll hear her sing "This Little Light of Mine" with a church congregation joining in.
KC 382 - CIVIL RIGHTS WEEK! Wednesday: Today, special guest Natalie Douglas - singer, actor, teacher and music historian - introduces us to Nina Simone and the moving tribute song, "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)."

As promised in the episode, below is a video of Natalie Douglas singing "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)" at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City in 2016.

KC 383 - CIVIL RIGHTS WEEK! Thursday: Today, we'll hear the story of Marian Anderson - an opera singer who almost wasn't allowed to sing - and her historic performance of "My Country Tis of Thee" in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, 1939.
KC 384 - CIVIL RIGHTS WEEK! Friday: Today, we'll hear a beautiful song known as the "Black National Anthem." It's called "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson. Our performers are the Afro-Cuban trio Women of the Calabash.

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.