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Odetta Holmes: African American Singer & Actress


Odetta Holmes, commonly known as Odetta, was a remarkable African American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Born on December 31, 1930, in Birmingham, Alabama, she became known as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" due to her powerful renditions of spirituals and protest songs. Odetta's music encompassed a variety of genres including folk, blues, gospel, and jazz.




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Her deep, resonant voice and passionate performances earned her acclaim and she became a prominent figure in the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. Odetta's influence extended beyond the music world; she inspired many with her activism, performing at civil rights rallies and lending her voice to the struggle for equality.


Throughout her career, Odetta released numerous albums and performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Newport Folk Festival. Some of her most well-known songs include "Mule Skinner Blues," "Water Boy," and "I'm Going Down to the River."


Odetta's legacy continues to inspire generations of musicians and activists alike, and her contributions to both music and social justice remain significant and enduring. She passed away on December 2, 2008, but her impact on American culture and the civil rights movement lives on.






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