When I heard Ms. Kennedy's story, my heart broke. I knew I needed to do something to help her.
Ms. Kennedy sang with Carlton Reese's Birmingham Freedom Choir during the 1963 Birmingham Campaign and later sang with fellow civil rights activist Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes. She sang solos at meetings featuring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and went to jail (twice) as part of the Birmingham Campaign. She spent years singing with the Reverend James Cleveland and has performed with some of the biggest pop talents of the 20th century.
Ms. Cleo Kennedy has done so much for gospel music and for freedom in this country. It's time for us to thank her for her efforts by showing our love and gratitude in her time of need. Whatever you can give to help Ms. Kennedy during this time will help her immensely and your kindness will be of immeasurable comfort to her.
Here she is, singing "Freedom Medley," arranged by Emmanuel Reese, at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama, February 2018.
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