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New Songs of the Open Road
By Homer Jackson and UPenn Libraries

Interdisciplinary artist Homer Jackson will draw on the history of civil rights protests and freedom songs, as well as Whitman's "Song of the Open Road" and select Langston Hughes poems, to organize four walks in diverse neighborhoods around Philadelphia. These neighborhoods will range from Strawberry Mansion in North Philadelphia and Germantown in the Northwest to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Whitman Plaza in South Philadelphia, the latter the site of ongoing racial tension and demonstrations related to a housing project proposed in the 1960s and finally built in 1982. The walks will be accompanied by original musical compositions and led by a gospel choir.

Meet at Free Library - Parkway Central, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

Additional walks also held on May 18June 8, and June 22 at various locations.

Date and Time
Saturday, July 6, 2019
4:00PM (EST5EDT - Eastern Time)

Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central at 1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States