0 The White House to Host A Civil Rights Music Review

  • Music
  • by Hugh Smith
  • 01/27/2010


First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama will host another "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement."

You'll be able to see the show on TV across the USA.

WETA television Washington, DC is producing it for PBS. It's scheduled for broadcast on Thursday, February 11, 2010, at 8 pm Eastern.

NPR will also air a one hour concert special of the event (for radio) during February, Black History Month.

Here's an early list of performers:

  • Natalie Cole
  • Bob Dylan
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • John Legend
  • John Mellencamp
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Seal
  • Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Howard University Choir

Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will be the happy couple hosting the show.

Since the theme of the event is music that inspired the Civil Rights Movement, you'll hear plenty of songs of inspiration.

I especially like the collaboration with The Grammy Museum.

They'll be offering a downloadable "Music that Inspired the Movement" curriculum for middle and high school teachers, available at

"A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" is the third "In Performance at the White House" program President Obama has offered.