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HAT Speaker Series - "Songs of Protest" by Maxine Hermolin

  • The 519 Room 304 (check lobby screen to be sure) 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

Folk music has relevance to people the world over and to current issues of the day. Maxine Hermolin grew up with folk music and has been passionate about it for as long as she can remember. In the 50’s and 60’s, she was involved in the civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement and the struggle to end the war in Vietnam. Maxine’s voice joined the protest songs sung around campfires, in coffee houses, and at marches and rallies. The music helped to shape a generation to stand up, speak out and take action.

This presentation will focus on the power of songs that influenced the political movements of the 50’s and 60’s, including memorable selections from a range of artists such as Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs and Buffy Sainte Marie. As part of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, this presentation was prepared for the workshop ‘Celebration of Song’.

Join us for a wonderful late morning. The organizers invite all attendees to join us for lunch afterward at a local restaurant where we will continue to socialize.