February 10th, 2010
08:10 AM ET
5 years ago

White House concert honors music of civil rights era

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive Tuesday at the concert honoring songs of the civil rights movement.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive Tuesday at the concert honoring songs of the civil rights movement.

Washington (CNN) – Civil rights songs were the soundtrack of the movement that helped bring President Obama to the White House. On Tuesday, Obama welcomed an array of artists to celebrate those songs.

An all-star lineup including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, John Mellencamp, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and others performed some of the best-known numbers from what Obama called the "soundtrack" of the civil rights movement.

The concert, "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement," was originally scheduled for Wednesday night but was moved to Tuesday as another snow storm moved into the Washington area. According to the White House Web site, the concert marked the beginning of the 2010 White House music series and celebrated Black History month.

Black leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. decided on communities to organize when they saw the people were "disciplined and serious enough to be singing freedom songs," Obama said.

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  1. terry,va.

    Keep dwelling in the 60's and before. We have moved past that. Things should be based on results and ability, but we are still talking about civil rights etc. Obummie is failing because of his socialist policies and nothing else. Think about it. How did he get in office if we haven't moved past the good old boy thinking? Step up to the plate and govern or be voted out of office like everyone else Obummie. No excuses, just results required.

    February 10, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Mark

    How much of our money will this guy waste?

    February 10, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    During the Civil Rights era, musicians invited to the White House by President and Mrs. Kennedy included Samuel Barber, Aaron Copeland, and Pablo Casals.

    February 10, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sounds like it's going to be a ball. I just wanna hear Smokey.

    February 10, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Conservative Voice

    John Mellencamp....what the?????? How about Aretha Franklin? Della Reese? If you have to go with white people: Neil Young?

    February 10, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    Aaron C-O-P-L-A-N-D. Sorry for the first spelling.
    I'm waiting for the thousands of corrections coming in.

    February 10, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Chad from Tampa

    This president is so out of step with the American public it's not even funny.

    February 10, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |