What: Cultural Heroes - A historic American civil rights museum exhibit honoring Bessie Smith, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Josh White and Billie Holiday, with a related thematic music and stories program by Josh White, Jr.
Where: Fisk University, 1000 17th Avenue, Nashville, TN
Concert & Lecture: Little Theatre of Fisk University
Museum Exhibit: Aaron Douglas Gallery at the John Hope Franklin Library
Date: Concert Program – Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm. Exhibit runs through June 30th
Josh White, Jr. and Doug Yeager are extremely proud to be working with the renowned sculptor Alan LeQuire in one of our nation’s most important historical museum art projects Cultural Heroes. LeQuire has spent seventeen years creating 36 high busts of seven American artist/activists he believes put their careers on the line while inspiring the civil rights movement of the 1920s, 30s and 1940s with their music and force of personality – Bessie Smith, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Josh White and Billie Holiday.
Josh White, Jr., a Tony Award winning actor, educator, activist and Grammy nominated recording artist, became a child star in 1944 while performing with his father. He has had the rare opportunity to have known and worked with all of the Cultural Heroes except Bessie — though he feels he has known her through the stories his parents told him. With his Cultural Heroes Program, Josh gives his unique perspective into the lives of each of his Heroes, while dedicating to each a song identified with their life and career in advancing the human rights struggle.
Submitted by Douglas Yeager Productions