When thousands marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma last year to commemorate a similar act by black activists fighting for the right to vote 50 years ago, few probably realized that 30 percent of black men in Alabama still don’t have that very
I grew up next door to folk music royalty. Lee Hays was a member of The Weavers, and along with Pete Seeger wrote the famous “Hammer Song,” which was written in support of the progressive movement of the 1940s and became a bullhorn for the
She has one of the most expressive voices ever recorded. She played in a band with her dad for most of her life, fusing gospel, blues and soul into their own unique hybrid. They advanced the cause of civil rights in subtle and profound ways.