Bill Cohen sings songs from the civil rights movement
Folk singer Bill Cohen will present a coffeehouse concert titled “The 1960s Anti-War and Civil Rights Movements: Songs that Moved a Nation” at Methodist Theological School in Ohio the evening of April 4. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Coffee Shop on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. The program is free and open to the public.
Presented on the 38th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Cohen’s program will feature folk songs that emboldened civil rights activists, energized anti-war demonstrators, and inspired advocates fighting poverty and age-old limits on personal liberty. The program will include songs by Pete Seeger, the Weavers, Peter Paul and Mary, Buffy St. Marie, Phil Ochs, and Bob Dylan, among others.
“These are songs that, decades ago, helped in the passage of civil rights laws and helped end an unjust war,” Cohen said. “But they do more than mark historical milestones and stir memories. Their powerful words and poignant tunes can also inspire movements for social change today.”
Cohen, who retired in 2013 as a correspondent with Ohio Public Radio’s Statehouse News Bureau, has been performing 1960s-themed musical programs throughout Greater Columbus for more than two decades. He was recently featured in a Columbus Dispatch story on his concerts.
The concert caps a daylong MTSO special event: Prophetic Ministry – Institute on Organizing and Preaching for Social Justice. More information on the institute is at www.mtso.edu/prophetic.
These events are presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO, which promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience between students, faculty, clergy and the public for the benefit of all participants and those they serve.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares leaders of many faith traditions for lives of lasting significance in service to the church and the world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Danny Russell, director of communications