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A History Of The Electric Guitar, Emmett Till & The Civil Rights Fight, And Statehouse Blend Kansas

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Laura McCallister
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Kansas City Public Library

In the hands of musicians like https://youtu.be/x52x5hjpD5k" target="_blank">Charlie Christian, https://youtu.be/95kCv10duFw" target="_blank">Carlos Santana, and https://youtu.be/bu_sMqZyOTg" target="_blank">Slash, the electric guitar has become a symbol for freedom, rebellion and rock 'n' roll. Then, find out why celebrities like Will Smith and Casey Affleck are taking new interest in the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. This week's Statehouse Blend Kansas features a discussion on the future of education, public and private.

Devery Anderson will discuss his research and book, 'Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement,' at Kansas City Public Library's Central Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15. For more information, and to RSVP, go to KCLibrary.org.

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