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White House Civil Rights Concert Tuesday night at 8 p.m. eastern time

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The White House Civil Rights concert was moved to Tuesday night from Wednesday because of the continuing snow emergency in Washington. The concert will be webcast live at www.whitehouse.gov at 8 p.m. eastern time

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Today marks the beginning of the 2010 White House music series with "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" - a concert celebrating Black History month.

At 3pm EST today, the White House will host a "Music that Inspired the Movement" workshop for high school students from across the country. Robert Santelli, the executive director of The GRAMMY Museum, and Smokey Robinson, the legendary Motown singer, will facilitate the workshop with performances by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, 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.

Tonight the President and First Lady will host the "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" concert, featuring songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings with participants including Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and more.

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While the people the civil rights movement sought to help lose their jobs, homes, and hope, the White House throws a party to sing, dance, and celebrate. Brings to mind famous quotations from history - "Let them eat cake!" And "fiddling while Rome burns." When is this president going to stop throwing parties and taking vacations and start actually working on the problems this country is facing?

How much did this party cost beleaguered taxpayers? How many of the guests were friends of the Obamas OR RELATIVES?

montbilt, that was the previous administration that sing, dance and celebrated by starting two wars and turning the American economy into a dive-spin that keeps going down and down. You got your prezs mixed up, at least President Obama will admit if he makes a mistake instead of hiding on a farm and playing the status quo card.

President Obama cannot hide in a big city like the cowardly George Bush did back on his ranch when things were going bad.

@Anon, or should I say coward? Look idiot, Al qaeda started the 1st war that led to Afghanistan. As for the economy? If not for Bill Clinton's "everyone deserves to own a home" motto, and all of the no money down loans his administration gave out to thousands of deadbeats would could NOT afford to "own their own home," the housing industry would not be in the shape it's in. Just admit it, Obama is a failure and a token President! The weather has been so bad that Washington DC has been shut down, yet he can assemble all of these stars? Obama fits perfectly with Jimmy Carter as the biggest failures in Presidential history. Obama can talk some shit, but he can't back it up. "Yes we can?" Ha ha ha! Apparently "no he can't."

Optimist -- performances have been going on for years at the White House under both Republican and Democratic presidents. Nixon imported a complete Broadway musical -- 1776 -- to be presented for him. This performance was broadcast on TV, and my bet is that some of the TV funding subsidized much of the expenses. Aside from that, performers don't get paid their usual fees performing at the White House.

In my experience, the same people who hate the celebration of American culture are the same people inclined to hate fellow Americans.

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