In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., West Virginia University at Parkersburg and DuPont Washington Works will co-sponsor an evening with “Lea,” a Washington DC-based recording artist. She will present “Songs of the Civil Rights Movement” Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg College Activities Center.
This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Table seating will be available on a first-come basis, and attendees may purchase dinner from the adjacent dining service to enjoy with the live entertainment.
In addition to “Best Female Vocalist” and “Best New Artist” nominations from the Washington Area Musician’s Association, Lea’s career has captured the attention of major record labels and concert promoters across the country. She has performed in England and in Germany, including appearances with jazz ensemble Black and White and British pop trio Indigo Wild.
Her music goes beyond folk to the soulful frankness of blues and the melodic complexity of modern jazz. To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, her “Songs of the Civil Rights Movement” program will include songs such as “We Shall Overcome,” “Oh Freedom,” “I Shall Not Be Moved,” “Wade in the Water,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and more.