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College raises voices with songs, poems

College raises voices with songs, poems
  • On February 26, 2021

By Julie Newell
Associate Editor

The virtual program, “We Shall Overcome: Raising our Voices Together,” premiered on Feb. 24.

Robert Edwards, faculty member for the Digital Media, Audio and Cinema Program, co-produced the program with Jonathan Ten Brink and Melissa Kaplan.

“We Shall Overcome is the quintessential protest song, which gained prominence during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s,” Edwards said. “LCC had a virtual choir version of the song that debuted in the fall, and then followed up with this program, highlighting the song, the movement, and its importance yet today.”

The presentation utilized a variety of art forms. 

“The program consisted of a history segment, insights from four different interviews – including LCC administration, faculty and students – a theatrical performance, four poetry videos, and another virtual choir rendition of the song,” Edwards said.

The theatrical performance was presented by LCC theater students in which they performed famous speeches of Civil Rights activists.

The poems were written through LCC’s Community-Generated Poetry Project.

According to Edwards, hosting a virtual event can have its challenges.

“The struggle wasn’t hosting the event online, the struggle was actually producing the event online,” Edwards said. “We would have liked to use the studio or camera equipment on location to shoot the different segments, but we were limited due to the pandemic. So we acquired all of our footage through people’s laptop and phone cameras.

“The issues were mostly technical, dealing with different formats of acquired video, and finding supporting video material and images,” Edwards said.

Edwards implied the possibility of a similar future event.

“There are whispers in the wind about something like that, but nothing firm has been mentioned,” Edwards said.

The program has been posted on all LCC social media and can be viewed on the program’s website.