Arlington Heights event explores link between music, Civil Rights Movement

The Arlington Heights Historical Museum will host "Music of the Civil Rights Movement" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, a performance that encourages listeners to explore the strong relationships between music and the movement.

From "We Shall Overcome" to "This Little Light of Mine," music played a vital role in the struggle as both an inspirational rallying point and a means of spreading the message of equality and justice.

In a presentation created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, folk singer Chris Vallillo will perform pivotal selections from the music that inspired and sustained the movement. Vallillo also will discuss the impact of music upon the cause.

The event is being produced in part by Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with

affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities.

The Arlington Heights Historical Museum is at 110 W. Freemont St., Arlington Heights. The event is free and open to all audiences. For more information, please visit or contact Lauren Szady at or (847) 255-1225.

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