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Dylan, Robinson to play White House gig

Feb. 5, 2010 at 9:34 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The 2010 White House Music Series is to kick off with a celebration of music from the Civil Rights Movement, organizers said Friday.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are to preside over Wednesday's event, which is a concert celebrating Black History month.

Scheduled to perform are Yolanda Adams, Joan Baez, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Howard University Choir, and The Freedom Singers, featuring Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett and Toshi Reagon.

Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Queen Latifah and Joanne Woodward are to be guest speakers for this concert, which will feature songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings.

The concert is to be televised Thursday on public broadcasting stations as part of WETA Washington, D.C.'s "In Performance at the White House" series.

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