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TV One Celebrates Music of Civil Rights Movement

TV One will air a documentary focusing on the inspirational music of the Civil Rights Movement during Black History Month.

Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement, which will debut Feb. 15 on the network, will trace the interaction among the music, movement and people involved in the 1960’s, according to TV One executives.

The film, developed by TV One in partnership with Brainstorm Media, Time Life, and MarVista Entertainment includes interviews with personalities involved in the movement, including former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; actress Ruby Dee, musical artists Pete Seeger, Gladys Knight, Jimmy Carter and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Ruth Brown, Jerry Butler and Chuck D; and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) co-founder Dr. Bernard Lafayette.   

“As a person who marched for civil rights as a young student and covered the movement as an adult journalist, I am especially proud to be part of this project," said TV One President-CEO Johnathan Rodgers in a statement. "We knew then we had to march to the beat of a different drummer; but what a beat it was!  The music of that time is still the music of our time."