Lift Every Voice: An Evening with Angeline Butler, a Powerful Voice of the Civil Rights Movement

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Event Details

Join us at Hastings Branch Library and on Zoom for a conversation about resistance with Angeline Butler, the celebrated singer, actress, playwright, producer, instructor, and, during her teens, student organizer for Civil Rights. Pasadena's own Jackie Robinson met Angeline when she was still a teenager, and wrote an article about her for his syndicated column, calling her "one of the first 'sit-in' leaders of the Nashville Movement," and also one of the first students to be jailed for their nonviolent resistance. In 1960 Angeline helped organize the Nashville Student Nonviolent Central Committee along with Marion Barry, Jr. and John Lewis. Angeline was also a student advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. and an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Angeline Butler has had a rich singing and acting career spanning many decades, and over seven countries. The Sydney Morning Herald referred to her as a “Singer who talks of Militantcy” while appearing in her supper club act at Chequers International. She performed with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Ray Stevens. She has more than 146 television appearances, including with Johnny Carson, Hugh Heffner and Dick Cavett. She taught Ethnic Studies at the University of Southern California, and is currently a lecturer in Africana Studies at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice in New York, where her plays and productions have been performed at the Gerald Lynch Theater. She will be joining us on Zoom, but you can view her talk on a big screen television set in the Hastings Branch Library Meeting Room. Participants in our meeting room and on our Zoom meeting will have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Presented live and in Zoom • To attend the Zoom presentation, sign up here; please provide an email address where login instructions will be sent to you.

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Event Type(s): Featured Event, Online Event, Arts & Culture, Author Events
Age Group(s): Teens, Adults

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