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Music: Introduction

This month we listen to the musical heritage of the islands and to Brunswick. First, the Spiritual Singers who knew the old songs and helped a Quaker lady from up north preserve them. Next we honor Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers whose voices rallied youth during the civil rights movement and whose songs are saved at the Library of Congress. During Week three we swing to recall the African American musical greats who performed here along the Chitlin Circuit. Finally we shout out to the Risley High School marching band, the hometown talent who drew a crowd at every parade or special event, and who are remembered that on the football field, they “did some hell of a half time show.”