Blues project 2014: black and blue the fight for freedom

Megan Dalton, Ruthie Marfoe, Abby Rochford – vocals

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Megan Dalton, Ruthie Marfoe, Abby Rochford – vocals

Ben Kroeger, Sam Frey, Sydney Grenier, Madeline Grenier,

Jodef Ivory, JB Cioe, Isabel Sterns- horns


In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was appointed and confirmed as the first black United States Supreme Court Justice. Marshall had been a leading civil rights attorney as far back as 1954, when he won the monumental Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court. But now, for the first time, an African American was thought worthy enough to be placed in the highest levels of American government. Also in 1967, Carl Stokes became mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, the first black mayor of a major city.  In that same year, Richard Hatcher would be elected Mayor of Gary.  1967 was the year that black actor Sidney Poitier, along with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, made the movie, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” about an interracial couple planning a marriage.  And, while we listened to the Beatles and the British Invasion, we also dug Motown, where Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, and, yes, Sister Soul, Aretha Franklin, were gaining what Aretha sang about – just a little respect!!!

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