Original Freedom Singer speaks at MCLB event

MCLB Black History Program
MCLB Freedom Singers

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - On Thursday, the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base felt the rhythm of songs that helped inspire a movement.

Rutha Harris, who is an original member of the Freedom Singers, was the guest speaker at Thursday’s event that centered around Black History Month.

Harris said the Freedom Singers were crucial to the civil rights movement.

Harris sang the songs that truly impacted the movement at the event.

“It is very important that we keep the songs of the civil rights movement alive. Personally, I feel that without the songs of the civil rights movement, there would not have been a movement. That is my purpose, keep the songs alive,” said Harris.

Harris even taught some of the Marines a few of the songs at Thursday’s event.

Harris said parents should teach their kids about the importance of history and what all the Freedom Singers did during the civil rights movement.

“I have organized a group of young people from the age of 7 to high school age. I teach them the songs. They have to know what they are singing about, so they learn while they’re singing these songs and that is why I keep them alive," said Harris.

Harris said these songs are what got a lot of people through the civil rights movement.

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