Rutha Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers, will join us at the Clinton Center on June 21 for a special conversation and performance. The Freedom Singers became a voice for the Civil Rights Movement, traveling over 50,000 miles singing for the cause of freedom and raising funds for The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. This program is held in conjunction with our current exhibit, Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics.
A Conversation and Performance with Rutha Harris
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Clinton Presidential Center
Rutha Harris joined the Albany Movement and the Original Freedom Singers in 1961, traveling over 50,000 miles singing for the cause of freedom and raising funds for The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Along with Dr. King, she was jailed four times during the Albany, Georgia Movement in 1961-62.
Miss Harris' professional career began in 1963 when the Freedom Singers were signed to a recording contract with Mercury Records. She has also recorded with the Landmark Gospel Singers, Georgia Mass Choir, and Whitney Houston and the Georgia Mass Choir. She has performed in 46 states, the Virgin Islands, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Civic Opera House in Chicago, Illinois, The United Nations in New York, The NewPort Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, The March on Washington in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Bahamas.
In 1998, Miss Harris organized a group of singers, namely, The Albany Civil Rights Museum (now Institute) Freedom Singers. This group performs every second Saturday in each month and travels to any other city when asked.
This program is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required.