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Civil Rights & the Arts

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Civil Rights & the Arts

Civil Rights & the Arts

Civil Rights & the Arts

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American pianist and jazz singer Nina Simone performs October 18, 1964. Simone helped chronicle the Civil Rights Movement. Getty Images hide caption

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The conversation continues about the arts and the artists that fueled the imagination of a generation.

Joining in are three civil rights veterans: Ysaye Maria Barnwell, who helped found the socially conscious the singing group, Sweet Honey In the Rock; Paul Von Blum, a former volunteer for the Student Nonviolent Co-coordinating Committee, now a professor of art history and African-American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Amiri Baraka, a writer of plays, prose, and fiction. In the mid-60s, Baraka helped found the Black Arts Movement, an artistic counterpart to the black power movement.

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