PHILADELPHIA -- Live musical performances are part of the University of Pennsylvania‚Äôs activities surrounding Martin Luther King Day.
From 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, Penn faculty, staff and students are invited to have dinner, participate in a discussion and listen to music that made history during ‚ÄúLiberating Music: the Parallels of Africa‚Äôs Freedom Music and U.S. Civil Rights Songs,‚ÄĚ at the W.E.B. DuBois College House, 3900 Walnut St.
‚ÄúThere is a soundtrack behind most movements,‚ÄĚ Valerie Dorsey Allen, director of the African-American Resource Center, said. ‚ÄúSongs like ‚ÄėWe Shall Overcome,‚Äô Helen Reddy‚Äôs ‚ÄėI Am Woman,‚Äô Sam Cooke‚Äôs ‚ÄėChange Gonna Come‚Äô and other music inspires, stirs up passions and mobilizes people to action. The civil rights movement used a combination of jazz, folk and gospel music so that everyone could connect and be a part of changing America.‚ÄĚ
At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Iron Gate Theater, 37th and Chestnut streets, ‚ÄúPerformance Art for Social Change‚ÄĚ will feature drumming, jazz, singing and spoken-word performances by PLP The Unity. This event is free and open to the public.