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Julian Bond: "The Power of Rock and Roll brought Blacks and Whites Together"

Monday, August 17: 3:55 p.m.
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Julian Bond speech, race and the history of rock and roll, 2010 Music Masters Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In 2010, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew as part of its annual Music Masters series saluting pioneering figures from the past half century. Among the many who took part in that weeklong celebration, in Cleveland, was Julian Bond.

An influential Civil Rights leader, politician, writer and professor, Bond, who passed away on August 15, 2015, provided among the more poignant remarks at the tribute to Domino and Bartholomew. He spoke of rock and roll's power to unite and the courage it required to deliver.

This is the full transcript of Bond's speech from the November 13, 2010 Music Masters tribute to Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, including a poem he wrote when he was in college and published in first Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee newsletter.

"While [Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew] records were storming the charts, major challenges were being mounted against the forces of racial segregation and discrimination — the segregation that kept black and white rock and roll fans from listening to music or dancing together, that kept Domino and Bartholomew and their bands from restaurants and hotels on the road, the segregation that kept African Americans from voting ...

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All the World's on Stage

Wednesday, October 5: 12 p.m.
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Ancient South Indian dance by Mahima Venkatesh

On Sunday, October 9, the universal language of music takes center stage during the 13th annual World Festival at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "The World Festival celebrates the wonderful cultures in our community," says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Vice President of Planning and External Affairs Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm. "We get to enjoy music from around the world in a world-renowned Museum. What could be better!"

The celebration of culture will fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's main lobby from noon to 4 pm, as the greater Cleveland area's diverse ethnic communities come together to share traditions and musical legacies. The region's rich cultural mosaic will be complemented by musicians that include African Soul International, R&B vocal group Artistree, Brazilian jazz artist Moises Borges (pictured below), the Puerto Rican tropical band stylings of Nano Cabrera, Native American rockers Native Reign, lively Ancient South Indian dance by Mahima Venkatesh, traditional Greek dance by Sts. Constantine and Helenic Senior Hellenic Dancers, Middle Eastern dance by Wind and Sand Dance Company, and the sounds of Cleveland-based The Vernon Jones Blues Cartel. The 2011 World Festival will be ...

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