The 2010 White House Music Series begins on Wednesday, February 10th, when the President and First Lady will host In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement - a concert celebrating Black History month. Participants include Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and The Freedom Singers, featuring Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett and Toshi Reagon. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Queen Latifah and Joanne Woodward will be guest speakers for this concert which will feature songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings.
As part of this special event, Mrs. Obama will host “Music that Inspired the Movement,” a workshop that several of the event’s performers will lead for 120 high school students from across the country on Wednesday, February 10th from 2 to 3 p.m. (time has been updated because of weather conditions). The students will come to learn about the continuing relevance of music from the Civil Rights Movement to today’s generation and its original impact in the 1960s. Robert Santelli, the executive director of The GRAMMY Museum, and Smokey Robinson, the legendary Motown singer, will facilitate the workshop. John Legend, John Mellencamp, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon will perform. Dr. Reagon was one of the original Freedom Singers in the 1960s, who traveled around the country carrying stories in song of local Civil Rights Movement campaigns to national audiences.
Students all over the country are invited to watch the workshop live and submit questions for the performers and facilitators leading up to the event. Several questions received through the online form will be answered at the workshop and following the event. Questions may be submitted prior to the workshop at www.whitehouse.gov/civil-rights-music
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This series focuses on the adventures of four fairytale friends who transform into reading-powered superheroes: Alpha Pig with Alphabet Power, Wonder Red with Word Power, Princess Presto with Spelling Power, Super Why with the Power to Read and Super YOU with the Power to Help. Together, they are the “Super Readers!” The Super Readers jump into books (literally) to find answers to everyday preschool challenges and embark on exciting adventures, where they play interactive reading games to overcome obstacles and save the day. In every episode, young viewers dive directly into a pop-up story to experience a brightly-illustrated children’s tale brought to magical life.
Today, President Obama and the White House continued to publicly encourage students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the ‘Educate to Innovate‘ campaign. This mission is a core principal of the PBS mission and KLRU wants to ensure our community is aware of how we support this initiative with innovative, free resources for teachers, kids and parents.
KLRU and PBS offer opportunities to explore new ideas related to STEM learning through television and online content. On-line broadband access and digital media are dramatically changing the opportunities available to the nation’s educators improving STEM education. Through many of our award-winning STEM-related television programs – Nova, Nature, Cyberchase, Curious George and, most recently, Sid the Science Kid – public media continues to play its role as an innovator in digital content and professional development.